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600 TUPAD Program workers clean the city

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Some 613 unemployed residents from the 37 barangays of District 1 who are recipients of Congressman Celso Lobregat’s livelihood assistance program are visibly seen in the city streets cleaning up the sidewalks, drainage systems, disposing garbage and uprooting grasses in the streets, forming part of their tasks under the temporary employment program of the solon.

In partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Lobregat said that this program is very beneficial to the constituents of his district, since the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantages Workers (TUPAD) program provides temporary employment to the poor families in Zamboanga City.

“As you can see, those who are working on the streets under this TUPAD program is very visible, they are cleaning up the city as their contribution to our relentless campaign on cleanliness and sanitation,” Lobregat said.

While roaming the different barangays within the city proper where the TUPAD members are deployed, the solon noticed the diligence and proper work ethics being observed by the workers who are under the direct supervision of their respective barangay chairpersons.

“This livelihood program is very relevant and beneficial to its recipients, that’s why I am trying to procure more funds from DOLE to augment the number of recipients which can benefit the un-employed constituents of the city,” Lobregat said.

The solon said that he has asked from DOLE, to augment and double the fund allocations for the TUPAD Program so that more indigent residents and families affected by the recent flooding that hit the city, can avail of the program.

Each recipient is earning the minimum wage as prescribed by the national government, but without any tax and other deductions.(Dexter Yap/PR)




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