In span of three years…

BAGUIO CITY- A total of P12 million worth of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged (TUPAD) in wages, livelihood and skills training programs were given to some 2,800 beneficiaries from the 128 barangays in span of three years, starting in 2020 through
the initiative of Councilor Vladimir Cayabas. Councilor Cayabas made the disclosure after he led in the payout of the fifth batch of beneficiaries on June 15 held at Baguio Central School’s covered court.

He was assisted by George Lubin , head of Baguio-Benguet Field Office of the Department of Labor and Employment-Cordillera (DOLECAR) together with his staff. Cayabas, expressing his utmost gratitude, said those funds (TUPAD) were sourced from lawyer Guiling Mamondiong, chairperson of National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), former secretary of (TESDA); Silvestre Bello, former labor secretary , and Bienvenido Laguesma, the concurrent labor secretary.

In the fifth batch, a total of P4.538 million in the form of wages were distributed to some 1,000 beneficiaries from 103 barangays. Each beneficiary received P4k for a 10-day (May 8-18) work mainly on clean-up drive on their respective barangays. In the latest payout, Councilor Cayabas, who is also the chairman of various committees in the city council (education, culture, creativity
and historical research), emphasized how this national government program has touched the lives of many local residents.

The city alderman, who is the regional chairman of Partido Federal ng Maharlika (PFM) , called on the beneficiaries to continue their works through volunteerism to sustain the clean and green efforts of barangays. He also expressed his gratitude to DOLE-CAR and barangay leaders for their
assistance , and officials of Baguio Central School for allowing the use of their facility (covered court) for the purpose.

Other TUPAD payout, ably assisted by the councilor’s staff by way of profiling qualified beneficiaries include—on-line survey (mental health program), QR coding (Baguio In My Pocket) and vocational skills training. Other assistance and support initiated by Cayabas include livelihood programs to the tune of P4 million and various sports equipments from Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

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