Pro-worker program

October 04, 2018

PEOPLE continue to hope that the national government succeeds in meeting the mushrooming needs of the army of displaced employees, underemployed and seasonal workers.

In fact, concerned government offices have not shown any sign of backing off from their commitment to improve the living conditions of Filipino workers and their loved ones.

In the eyes of many, including the ordinary citizens, these state agencies are making it clear that it is the government’s avowed commitment to help the country’s working class.

Take the case of the Department of Budget and Management, which has allocated some P3.34 billion for a special program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

DoLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged (TUPAD) provides assistance and emergency employment for displaced employees, underemployed and seasonal workers.

With a maximum of 30 days and a minimum of 10 days, the length of the program depends on the nature of work to be performed by TUPAD beneficiaries, according to reports.

To identify TUPAD beneficiaries, DoLE gives priority to: 1) Indigent families under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction; 2) Informal sector families; and 3) Those under the next lower poverty level, as determined by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Next year’s TUPAD allocation of P3.34 billion, which is 106 percent more than its 2018 budget of P1.62 billion, is seen to benefit 289,602 workers in various parts of the country.

TUPAD is also being tapped by DoLE, headed by Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello, to provide emergency employment to workers affected by Typhoon Ompong in Region II.

Depriving our beleaguered workers of the means to cope with rising prices of goods and services is, without doubt, saddening, lamentable and revolting to the senses.

Certainly, helping the working class is a move in the right direction.