In a significant effort to uplift disadvantaged workers, NIA-MARIIS Division I in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), orchestrated a highly successful Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Payout at the Division's Training Center.

A total of 305 beneficiaries were the recipients of this impactful initiative, receiving a collective sum of Php 1,326,750.00. This payout was a tangible recognition of our farmers ten-day of unwavering dedication to cleaning and maintaining irrigation systems. With each recipient receiving Php 4,350.00 pesos, it provided additional support to their livelihood and economic stability.

During the pay-out activity, MARIIS Division I Manager Engr. Jaime Z. Ladiao took the opportunity to extend the appreciation of the Office to DOLE and partner agencies for their collaborative efforts in planning programs that not only uplift disadvantaged workers but also support local farmers.

With DOLE Labor and Employment Officer I Mr. Peczon Topinio facilitating the pay-out, he also provided essential instructions to the beneficiaries, as well as sharing insights into the planned wage increase, emphasizing on the Agency’s commitment of enhancing the economic circumstances of the workers. Even the MARIIS Community Relations Chief Ms. Veronica Aron offered valuable insights into the impact of the TUPAD program not only for farmers but its contribution in advancing agricultural development, as tasks of recipients included debris clearing, and irrigation canal declogging.

The happy and contented reaction of the recipients during the pay-out reflects their satisfaction with the TUPAD Program of the government, as it also lays a foundation for sustainable agricultural development, in line with broader national goals.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024