Mayor Ernesto Evangelista says that his administration is committed to extend assistance to all Tomasinos especially to those areas identified by DOLE affected by the raging pandemic.  Photo by: Santo Tomas MIO

SANTO TOMAS, Davao del Norte (October 3, 2021)—Mayor Ernesto Evangelista ordered the Public Employment Office (PESO) to schedule the release of wages for emergency employment beneficiaries after his office received a communication from the Department of Labor and Employment – Provincial Office that the payroll is already available. 

“Nalipay kita kay naplastar na sa DOLE ang payroll sa 366 beneficiaries ug akong gimanduan ang opisina sa Public Employment Service Office (PESO) na i-schedulan na og payout next week para ma-release na ang sweldo sa mga beneficiaries,” Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said over the weekend. 

Evangelista said his administration would continue to access programs and services as part of the continuous effort to aid the vulnerable workers amidst the pandemic through DOLE’s 

Tulong Panghanapbuhay Para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) Program. 

Over 366 beneficiaries from several barangays would finally receive their pay for their 10-day community work during these trying times.

Evangelista added that his administration is looking for mechanisms to provide aid through various programs for those Tomasinos who need financial assistance. 

“Maningkamot pa kita na makapangita og programa para mahatagan nato og assistance ang mga Tomasinong nanginahanglan labi na padayon ang atong pagsagubang sa pandemya,” Evangelista said. 

The Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) is a community-based assistance program under DOLE that gives emergency employment mainly to the displaced, underemployed, and seasonal workers who lost their jobs due to the pandemic. 

Evangelista directed PESO to inform the 366 beneficiaries of the payout schedule this week. 

Local remittance center

Municipal Administrator Atty. Elisa Evangelista-Lapiña said that DOLE has partnered with a local remittance center to withdraw their wage benefits easily.  

“Ang madawat lang sa Santo Tomas LGU are the name of the beneficiaries ug ang ilang KPTN or Kwarta Padala Transaction Number na gihatag sa M Lhuillier remittance center. Ang DOLE mismo ang naay partnership sa maong remittance center. Ang trabaho lang sa Santo Tomas LGU is to facilitate the release of the wages so that DOLE can liquidate the funds,” Lapiña said. 

Lapiña said TUPAD beneficiaries would be accommodated in M Lhuillier remittance center since PESO would conveniently negotiate their scheduled payout to claim their wages. 

“Just what we did in the past payouts, gina negotiate nato na sa M Lhuillier remittance center para mahatagan og special lane ang atong TUPAD beneficiaries para ma withdraw dayon nila ilahang sweldo. Hangyo lang pud nato sa tanan na padayon ang atong pag-comply sa COVID-19 Safety protocols,” she said. 

 More jobs for Tomasinos

As the town is still dealing with the COVID-19 health crisis, Lapiña underscored the importance of providing emergency employment to Tomasinos to bring food to their families. 

“Dako atong pasalamat sa TUPAD kay kini nag-complement sa atong employment program sa lokal na panggamhanan. Tataw dinhi ang paghatag og trabaho sa mga apektadong sektor sa atong mga komunidad ug kini ang pamaagi sa gobyerno na maserbisyohan ang katawhan,” she said. 

TUPAD is a continuous program implemented by DOLE for the communities to provide an immediate source of income for vulnerable workers to help mitigate the extreme effects of the pandemic. 

The program was made possible through the intervention of 2nd District Davao del Norte Congressman Alan Dujali, who earmarked several slots of the DOLE-TUPAD program in Santo Tomas town. 


Lapiña also lauded the DavNor KAAGAY program of Davao del Norte Edwin Jubahib that ensures the food security during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

DavNor KAAGAPAY”, which stands for Kawsa sa Agrikultura ug Panginabuhian sa Barangay Program, is a “complete package” that ensures food, livelihood, and environmental protection among the Dabaonons.

In Santo Tomas, several barangays became beneficiaries of Jubahib’s KAAGAY program, where they’re encouraged to do backyard gardening, among others. She said the Evangelista administration reiterates its commitment to deliver employment programs and services to the needy Tomasinos.