Nearly 500 workers from the Roxas Night Market in Davao City have received their first salary under a program jointly implemented by the city government and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
A total of 498 beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced Workers (TUPAD) are food vendors and masseuse who lost their source of income after the city government closed the Roxas Night Market on March 12 as part of the quarantine measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
According to the city government, the affected food vendors and masseuse were immediately enrolled in the government’s TUPAD program to do some community work such as cleaning of public facilities, cleaning/declogging of canals and other community-based maintenance work.
Each beneficiary received a minimum of P396 per day or a total of P4,356 for 11 days of service.
“They each received P4,356 for 11 days of service from March 17 to 31,” said Norman Baloro, the spokesperson of TUPAD.
TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work.
Aside from the Roxas Night Market vendors and masseuse, Davao City also enrolled public utility drivers.
They are due to receive their salaries next week, according to Baloro.