Mayor Maria Angela Garcia
DINALUPIHAN, Bataan — The Department of Labor and Employment in cooperation with the local government here paid on Sunday the salaries of 234 workers under its Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers (Tupad) program.
Mayor Maria Angela Garcia said the beneficiaries came from various sectors and received P4,200 each for working 10 days by planting vegetables.
“Ang ginawang pagtatanim ay isang halimbawa kung paano hindi magugutom, kung paano mapapakain ang mga kapamilya ng masusustansiya pero hindi mahal na pagkain,” the mayor said.
“Sana maipagpatuloy ito dahil pinakamahalaga ito ngayong may Covid-19. So far, wala pang naipaparating sa amin na sobrang gutom o hindi nakakakain ang kanilang pamilya dahil sa ating pagtutulungan,” she added.
Garcia said planting of vegetables was one of the important moves for Dinalupihan to become an agropolis. She wanted agriculture to be vibrant so she requested DOLE for the implementation of the project.
Dinalupihan is the only land-locked town in Bataan while the rest of the 11 towns and one city have coastal areas.
“Sana makatulong ito sa pagbibigay ng masustansya at manutrisyong pagkain sa kanila. Ang target namin ay walang displaced workers na magutom kasama ang miyembro ng kanilang pamilya,” the mayor said.
Garcia said the beneficiaries planted vegetables in community gardens in their barangay or in their own backyard.
She continuously reminded the beneficiaries and other residents to wear face mask and face shield, washing of hands, physical distancing and other safety protocols.