Good Teamwork. DOLE XI Regional Director Agravante thanked the TUPAD Implementers for sacrificing their holidays in December just to implement TUPAD. He announced how Davao Region performed in 2019.”

Davao City – Aspiring for a more improved and better delivery of service to the TUPAD beneficiaries in Davao region, DOLE conducted a TUPAD Year-End Planning and Assessment at The Ritz Hotel, Obrero, Davao City on January 24-25, 2020.

 Attended by all the provincial and regional focal persons and Field Office Heads, the activity aims to evaluate and assess the strategies and effectiveness of the project implementation. The year-end review for EEP/ TUPAD implementers is the best venue for sharing best practices, identifying gaps and the facilitating factors in implementation of the program. A consolidated output will be presented to the respective field offices for guidance in its upcoming implementations.

In his welcome message, DOLE XI Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante lauded the TUPAD Implementers and said, “I am congratulating you for a job well done. Davao Region is Top 2 in terms of EEP/ TUPAD allocation with P630,094,443.65 and you were able to manage the implementation well throughout the region. I really acknowledge your dedication, loyalty and selfless sacrifices to perform your job. Kahibalo ko daghan sa inyo ang gisakripisyo ang planned vacation with your families aron lamang mauna ang pagserbisyo sa atong mga igsoong nanginahanglan. The team work that you showed is manifested by the number of beneficiaries that you served. In 2019, throughout Davao Region, we have served around 94,000 beneficiaries. 

RD Agravante reiterated to them that the activity they were attending was focused on discussing and sharing some best practices, lessons learned and areas of improvements that would lead to recommendations in leveling up the delivery of services to Filipinos in the region in 2020 and the years to come. He ended his message by saying, “Let us expect that this year 2020, we will be implementing the same amount of EEP/ TUPAD or higher, that is why it is best that as early as now we will prepare better strategies, sharpen ourselves with more trainings, indulge more in interactive discussions and brainstorming, to come up with speedy and excellent delivery of services to all in the region.

TUPAD is the acronym of Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Displaced/ Disadvantaged Workers. It is also known as Emergency Employment Program (EEP). This 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. (By Eduardo P. Monreal, LCO-Designate, DOLE XI)