ANTIPOLO City, Rizal: Some 1,500 beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa mga Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (Tupad) program received P4,000 for services rendered during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Each of the beneficiaries worked as street sweepers or assisted in various vaccination areas in the city.

Mayor Andrea "Andeng" Ynares said an estimated P16 million were given to more than 4,000 beneficiaries identified under the Tupad program for the past two months.

"Pipilitin nating makalikom pa ng karagdagang pondo para madaming mapabilang sa nasabing programa sa mga darating na araw (We will do our best to have more funds so that more will be included under the Tupad program in the coming days)," Ynares said.

The beneficiaries worked for 10 days before they were given their cash incentive in a simple ceremony held at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

The Tupad program is a package assistance being given by the local government unit in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment. It seeks to provide temporary employment for displaced workers during the pandemic. Also included are the underemployed and seasonal workers.