MALABANG, Lanao del Sur, Nov. 21 --- The Department of Labor and Employment- X (DOLE-X) allocated the amount of P3,500.000.00 for the implementation of Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) Program/Emergency Employment Program (EPP) in the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Malabang, Lanao del Sur.
The project under the special project fund of DOLE and coordinated with the 2nd District of the province of Lanao del Sur was implemented for the less fortunate and marginalized constituents in the 10 identified barangays in the Municipality of Malabang, Lanao del Sur under the leadership of Municipal Mayor Omensalem S. Balindong. This is part of the 2nd District of the Province of Lanao del Sur, under Congressman Pangalian Balindong.
Series of meetings, caucus, and follow-up were done in the DOLE Central Office, DOLE Regional Office X and DOLE Lanao del Norte Provincial Field Office as well as the LGU-Malabang. After weeks of validation made by the DOLE- X Lanao del Norte Provincial Field Office in Iligan City, the project formally started on September 1, 2014 to October 9, 2014. Meanwhile, the orientation was conducted on September 3, 2014 at the Rancho Building, Multi-Function Hall, Barangay Campo Muslim, Malabang, Lanao del Sur.
Remegio Cabañog, DOLE-X Lanao del Norte Provincial Head said, “The aim of the DOLE TUPAD Project is to help the less fortunate/marginalized constituents in their daily financial needs for a period of 29 days emergency employment." It was implemented in the 10 barangays of the municipality with different type of works such as de-clogging of canals, street cleaning, repair of barangay roads, facilities and vegetation, clearing of the water and spring in barangay Bacayawan and Campo Muslim.”
Vice Mayor Anwar M. Balindong, representing the Local Chief Executive Mayor Omensalem S. Balindong, expressed appreciation to DOLE-X, through the provision of protective personal equipment (PPEs), t- shirts, hand gloves, and masks for the 466 beneficiaries. Balindong also informed that for their counterpart, they have provided bolos, rakes, shovels, wheel barrows, and hats to the respective beneficiaries.
“Our sincerest thanks and gratitude to the DOLE family for the timely project that you have shared to us that helped a lot of our constituents in providing emergency employment. We are hoping that this would not be the end of your help but rather it would be the beginning of much more productive projects,” mayor Balindong said. (Joseph Nathan J. Fabrega/DOLE-X)