Davao 1st district TUPAD beneficiaries get complete aid

December 29, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 270 views

CHRISTMAS and the incoming celebration of the New Year are a lot happier for many families in this city’s 1st district after the office of Representative Paolo Duterte made sure that the payout for beneficiaries of the government’s emergency employment program was completed before the onset of the holiday season.

According to Duterte’s office, thousands of families from the 1st district’s 54 barangays benefitted from the cash assistance under this program – the “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers” (TUPAD).

TUPAD is a community-based package of assistance that offers emergency employment for displaced, underemployed, and seasonal workers for a minimum period of ten days, but not more than 30 days, depending on the nature of work.

Duterte, who represents this city’s 1st Legislative District in Congress, had instructed his staff to ensure that the cash aid was distributed to the beneficiaries before Christmas.

“With everyone’s effort and cooperation, not only in my office, everyone will feel the happiness this holiday season brings,” said Duterte. “All TUPAD beneficiaries in the first district, who can now physically get together and celebrate the holidays with their families, were able to celebrate Christmas blissfully this year, and will welcome the New Year a little more abundantly.”

“What can be more important than opening presents this holiday season is the love everyone wishes for their families, friends, and those who need it. The holiday season is best enjoyed when it is not centered on decorations and festivities but when love is at its core,” he added.

On top of the early distribution of the TUPAD payout, the 1st Congressional District Office also held a gift-giving program led by Duterte’s son, Rodrigo “Rigo” Duterte II, who distributed Christmas presents to 8,860 barangay workers.

Duterte’s office said the gift-giving program was meant to give “everyone a Merry Christmas despite all the heavy responsibilities and challenges everyone went through from the previous years.”