DOLE-Tupad uniform can’t be altered by program’s LGU beneficiaries–spokesperson

PHOTO CAPTION: The Department of Labor and Employment chastised Dumangas mayor Ronaldo Golez (background photo) for reportedly putting his name in the DOLE-Tupad uniforms (foreground photo) worn by TUPAD workers in his municipality. (N. Glenn Aragon/Photos courtesy of Daily Guardian & Philippine News Agency)

ILOILO–The Department of Labor and Employment-Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (DOLE-TUPAD) program uniforms cannot be changed in any way, most especially by its program beneficiaries for their own political ends.

This was the statement aired by DOLE-6 Public Information Officer John Mandario recently in reaction to reports that the name of Dumangas Mayor Ronaldo Golez was added to the uniform of DOLE-Tupad recipients in the said fourth district municipality.

According to the DOLE-6 spokesperson, DOLE-Tupad is a program of the Labor department alone, and local government units (LGUs) have nothing to do with its implementation.

Mandario said the LGU would normally just request DOLE to include their town in the said program and if chosen for inclusion, they will then ink a memorandum of agreement with the beneficiary LGU for implementation.

He also said DOLE-6 is open to receiving evidence such as pictures or videos detailing complaints against erring LGUs so they can act immediately on them.

The DOLE-6 PIO, however, stressed that the most their office can do is to compel the Dumangas LGU for a refund of the cost of the DOLE-Tupad uniforms that were ‘embellished’ with the addition of the town mayor’s name on them.

Earlier, Golez himself admitted that those in charge of printing the said uniforms erred in using a different template and clarified that he was not using DOLE’s Tupad program for politicking or to get more votes. The national and local elections are scheduled for May 9 next year.

DOLE’s Tupad program is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers, for a minimum period of 10 days, but not to exceed a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work to be performed.

Only social community projects, economic community projects, and agroforestry community projects can be supported with such assistance. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)

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