22 beneficiaries of DOLE’s TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged) Workers received their wages for the 10-day work by disinfecting/sanitizing their own houses through the “Bahay Ko, Barangay Ko” initiative.

Provincial Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo personally met the beneficiaries from the Municipalities of Tubod and Baroy and humbly asked for their contribution in helping the Provincial Government inform their friends, neighbors, and family members, the importance of observing the health protocols of the Department of Health and following the guidelines established by the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for the welfare of the general public.

“What we only asked from you is your total cooperation. Strict observance of DOH health protocols and the guidelines established by the IATF will be your great contribution for us to win against this COVID-19 pandemic. Please always be reminded to regularly wash your hands, wear your face mask, face shield, and observe physical or social distancing when you are in public places to curtail local transmission. This is not only for your safety but also for the safety of the people around you, especially your loved ones.”

Governor Angging also informed the beneficiaries that the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte through the Incident Management Team proactively initiate measures to protect the safety and security of the residents by installing quarantine checkpoints at the borders in partnership with the Philippine Army and the Philippine National Police, as well as, the establishment of additional isolation facilities, like the two buildings in Lanao del Norte Provincial Hospital in Baroy, the Infirmary and Annex Buildings in new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, Kolambugan Provincial Hospital was converted into an isolation facility, and more rooms were created in Mindanao Civic Center Stadium to house the Locally Stranded Individuals and Returning Overseas Filipinos for their 14-day quarantine period, and the creation of the Provincial COVID-19 Testing Laboratory in Old Kapatagan Provincial Hospital, the only COVID-19 Testing Laboratory spearheaded by a provincial government in Region 10.

Further, the Provincial Chief Executive earnestly requested to include in their prayer the safety and health of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for tirelessly leading the country’s fight against COVID-19, and for continuously finding ways to extend all kinds of assistance to Filipinos in these trying times, such as the TUPAD Program under the Department of Labor and Employment.

These 22 beneficiaries are composed of Pumpboat Operators, Motorcycle Drivers, Carpenters, Household Workers, Fishermen, Baby Sitters, Laundrywoman, Contract Workers, Beauticians, and Farm Laborers. The payment of the workers’ wages was facilitated by Ms. Evelyn A. Lopes, the PESO Manager Designate, and was held at Macapagal Training Center, Governor Arsenio A. Provincial Government Center compound, Pigcarangan, Tubod, on August 11, 2020.