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15.8 Million more in financial assistance and TUPAD wages released by Bello in Southern Cebu today

Cebu City, Philippines. Close to 4,000 workers in Balamban, Asturias and Toledo City, Cebu received today their financial assistance and wages from Labor Secretary Silvestre ‘Bebot’ H. Bello III.

On the second day of his visit in Southern Cebu, Secretary Bello personally distributed the reference codes of the beneficiaries under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged workers (TUPAD) in the towns of Balamban and Asturias as well as in the adjoining city of Toledo.

TUPAD beneficiaries worked for ten (10) days by engaging with disinfection and sanitation activities at the different public places in their respective locality.

Those coming from Balamban and Asturias personally claimed their reference codes from Secretary Bello at the Balamban Sports Complex, while the beneficiaries in Toledo City received their reference codes and financial assistance at the Toledo Megadome Sports Complex.

The Secretary appreciated the warm and heartfelt welcome he received from the leaders of the LGUs involved most especially from the beneficiaries themselves and said, “Sa mga beneficiaries nga makadawat sa ilang financial assistance ug sweldo karon, pasalamati ninyo ang inyong kaugalingon kay inyo kanang kwarta.”

In Balamban alone, DOLE spent Php6,908,400.00 for the wages of the 1,710 TUPAD workers; Php2,872,440.00 for the salaries of the 711 TUPAD workers in Asturias; and another Php5,163,120.00 for the 1,278  TUPAD beneficiaries in Toledo City.

Bello urged all recipients to spend what they earned and received wisely saying, “Alagaan ninyo ang pera. Spend it well para ipalit ug pagkaon, bugas ug medisina.”

Secretary Bello also released the OWWA financial assistance to 59 OFWs amounting to Php860,000.00. The first batch of recipients received their assistance at the Balamban Sports Complex with the rest receiving their cash aid in Toledo City, being the last stop of the Secretary before going back to Manila.

The OWWA financial assistance released to OFWs comprised that of the Tabang OFW, Project EASE, DOLE Abot Kamay at Pagtulong (AKAP), and Balik-Pinas Balik-Hanapbuhay Program (BPBH).

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton lauded the concerted efforts exerted by the staff of the DOLE Regional Office more importantly that of the Cebu Provincial Field Office (CPFO) headed by OIC Vivencio Lagahid that has jurisdiction over the LGUs where the awarding of financial assistance and TUPAD payouts took place since yesterday.

“I would like to commend our staff for a job well done. Thank you for demonstrating teamwork and collaboration. The activities calendared since yesterday until today would not have been made possible and successful if not for your sincerity in taking on the roles assigned to you,” said Director Siaton.

To recall, Secretary Bello and the DOLE-7 Team including the OWWA, started releasing the financial assistance and TUPAD salaries to beneficiaries in the towns of Barili and Aloguinsan yesterday, where the Department shelled out 10.3 Million Pesos benefiting 1,425 workers including OFWs.

For the 2-day visit of Secretary Bello in the three municipalities and one city in Southern Cebu, the DOLE, together with OWWA released over 26 Million Pesos in total benefitting more than 5 thousand workers.

Among the leaders, who were with Secretary Bello during the financial assistance release and TUPAD Payouts were Gov. Gwendolyn F. Garcia; Cong. Pablo John F. Garcia; and the local chief executives of the LGUs involved. Also present were DOLE Undersecretary Renato Ebarle; OWWA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac; Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) Director, Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla; DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton; DOLE-7 Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Jude Thomas Trayvilla; and OWWA-7 OIC-Regional Director Mae D. Codilla.




For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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