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TUPAD beneficiaries clean debris at the vicinity of the fire incident at Molo District, Iloilo City.

DOLEs empathy to victims of calamities was felt once again when it included Two Hundred Ninety-nine (299) fire victims among the Four Hundred Ninety-Six (496) worker-beneficiaries to avail of emergency employment under TUPAD in Iloilo City. The relief came after DOLE RO 6 provided assistance to affected workers hit by Tropical Storms Odette and Paeng around the Region.

It can be recalled that the fire broke out around 4 o’clock in the morning on January 27, 2023 at Molo district. DOLE RO 6 throught its Iloilo Field Office  learned from the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) that Two Hundred One (201) families composed of Eight Hundred Six (806) individuals from Barangay West Habog-Habog and Ninety-Four (94) families including eight “sharers” (lumon) or a total of Three Hundred Twenty-Four (324) individuals in Barangay San Juan were affected.

“DOLE is sensitive to the needs of the victims of calamities,” said Regional Director Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr. as he sympathized with the families. “Above all, it is our moral responsibility to help the distressed. Kahit pambili lang ng mga materials na pampatayo ulit sa bahay nila kung makakatulong ang mga programa ng Departamento.”

The beneficiaries will be provided with a Four Thousand Five Hundred Pesos (Php4,500.00) wages for the ten (10) day community service rendered which includes the cleaning of the debris left by the fire.