ASSISTANCE. More than 2,500 residents from different municipalities of Eastern Samar received cash assistance through TUPAD on Monday (June 3). Among those who were present during the payout were Rep. Marcelino ‘Nonoy’ Libanan of 4Ps party-list, Governor Ben Evardone, and ACT-CIS Representative Erwin Tulfo. (Photo Courtesy)

TACLOBAN CITY – The 2,590 beneficiaries of the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program from the province of Eastern Samar received their payouts from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The payout distribution, held on Monday(June 3), event was attended by ACT-CIS Representative Erwin Tulfo, DOLE Regional Director Dax Vilalruel, 4Ps Partylist Representative and House Minority Floor Leader Marcelino Libanan, Eastern Samar Governor Ben Evardone, Guiuan Mayor Annaliza Gonzales-Kwan, Salcedo Mayor Ma. Rochelle Melgar, provincial board officials, and municipal council officials.

“Ang paki-usap ko lamang po, gastusin ng tama yang pera na yan, hindi niyo yan waldasin. Binigay yan para magamit ninyo pambayad ng kuryente, pambili ng bigas, yung iba may mga gagraduate na mga anak,” advised Rep.Tulfo to the beneficiaries.

About 1,591 TUPAD beneficiaries received their payouts at the Guiuan municipal gymnasium, while 999 received theirs at the Salcedo gymnasium. These beneficiaries hail from the towns of Guiuan, Salcedo, Maydolong, Gen. MacArthur, Hernani, Quinapondan, Giporlos, Balangiga, Lawaan, and Mercedes.

Each beneficiary received P4,050, amounting to a total of more than P10.488 million distributed to the TUPAD beneficiaries.

This amount compensates the beneficiaries for participating in community work, such as clean-up drives in their respective barangays, for 10 days.