Southern Leyte's LGBTQ community thankful of TUPAD program

129 members of the LGBTQ community in Southern Leyte expressed gratitude to the TUPAD program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Photo: DOLE Region 8/Facebook

After receiving their wages during the payout held on April 18, 2022, at Brgy. Ichon in the town of Macrohon, 129 members of the LGBTQ community in Southern Leyte, are grateful to the TUPAD program of the Department of Labor and Employment.

Ms. Eden Ligaya Golong, DOLE Southern Leyte Field Office Head, stated that each beneficiary received P3,250.00 for services rendered during the ten-day implementation of TUPAD in their municipality.

Golong also reminded the recipients to be frugal with their hard-earned money.

“We are happy that we are able to help you through the TUPAD, and I urge all of you to use the money for the basic needs of your respective families,” she said.

The said payout was one-of-a-kind because some of the LBGTQ beneficiaries were generous enough to perform a dance number, exuding fun and festive mood for everyone in the venue's delight.

Meanwhile, during the event, Mr. Norman Victor Ordiz, PESO Manager of the Provincial Government of Southern Leyte and President of the PESO Managers Association in Eastern Visayas (PESOMAEV), expressed his gratitude to DOLE.

"Let us thank the Department of Labor and Employment for this assistance. Secretary Bello had personally reached out for this project to be funded, for the benefit of our members of LGBTQ in Southern Leyte", Ordiz said.

Beneficiaries were overjoyed to receive their wages and personally thanked the DOLE staff and the Province of Southern Leyte. Despite the fact that the LGBTQ members were wearing face masks, their happiness was evident.

The recently completed payout demonstrated that the DOLE's TUPAD program can be used to achieve inclusivity while upholding everyone's rights.

The event was also attended by DOLE-SLFO personnel, Provincial PESO personnel, and Estela June Pey, the PESO Manager for Macrohon.

Prior to the short-term employment, beneficiaries were given personal protective equipment and accident insurance coverage. —Tacloban News Update (Source: DOLE)

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