A total of 498 workers of Roxas Night Market in Davao City have received over P4,000 cash aid under the Labor department’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced Workers (TUPAD) amid the enhanced community quarantine due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
In a statement, the Davao City government, led by Mayor Sara Duterte, announced that the 498 workers included food vendors and masseuse who lost their source of income when the market was ordered closed last March 12 as part of a measure to prevent transmission of COVID-19.
As a result of the closure, the city government enrolled the affected food vendors and masseuse under the TUPAD program so they can to do some community work such as cleaning of public facilities, cleaning/declogging of canals, and other community-based maintenance work for the time being.
Each beneficiary received a minimum of P396 per day or a total of P4,356 for 11 days of service covering March 17 to 31.
TUPAD 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.
Aside from the Roxas Night Market vendors and masseuse, Davao City also enrolled public utility drivers.
The public utility drivers are due to receive their salaries next week.
As of April 9, the Philippines has recorded 4,076 COVID-19 cases. Of this number, 203 have died while 124 have recovered.—AOL, GMA News