Assistance for Displaced / Disadvantaged Workers under the DOLE TUPAD Program

The Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers Program (TUPAD) is one of the programs of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) which aims to contribute to poverty reduction and inclusive growth. It is a community-based (municipality/barangay) package of assistance that provides temporary wage employment for the displaced workers, unemployed and self-employed workers. (Added: This is now part of the social amelioration programs under the Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1; see List of Social Amelioration Programs).

The #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK), on the other hand, was implemented by the DOLE to mitigate the impact of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) to the livelihoods/business and workers sector, pursuant to Proclamation Nos. 922 and 929, declaring a State of Public Health Emergency and State of Calamity throughout the Philippines due to Covid-19.

Qualified Beneficiaries

The qualified beneficiaries are the underemployed, self-employed and displaced marginalized workers who have lost their livelihood or whose earnings were affected due to the Enhanced Community Quarantine against COVID-19. However, pursuant to Joint Memorandum No. 1, the following are no longer eligible to avail of the assistance under the program: 

The beneficiaries who received cash and non-cash assistance from the Local Government Unit and/or NGAs may still qualify to avail of the TUPAD #BKBK program provided that the combined amount from the LGU, other NGAs and DOLE shall not exceed the emergency subsidy specified under Section 4 (c) of RA 11469. [See Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) during the Community Quarantine]


The program is implemented through an Accredited Co-Partner (ACP). The ACP, on the other hand, must prepare and submit the required documents, including an application form and a detailed TUPAD Project Proposal and Work Program, indicating an equity equivalent to at least 20% of the total project cost in the form of equipment, tools and jigs.

Duration of Work

Qualified beneficiaries shall be required to work for four (4) hours a day for a maximum of ten (10) days and will be paid wages equivalent to 100% of the prevailing highest minimum wage in the region. The payment of wages shall be through money remittance service providers or direct cash pay-out.  

Nature of Work

The nature of work under the TUPAD Program shall be the disinfection or sanitation of their houses/dwellings and immediate vicinity of their houses. 

Package of Assistance

The package of benefits which shall be provided to the TUPAD beneficiaries includes:

  • Payment of wages equivalent to 100% of the prevailing highest minimum wage in the region.
  • Enrolment to group micro-insurance.
  • Conduct of Basic Orientation on Safety and Health thru dissemination of brochures. 

The DOLE Regional Offices are advised to provide cleaning solutions and ensure that the TUPAD beneficiaries are properly advised to regularly and thoroughly wash their hands using soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizers.

[Source: Department Order No. 210, series of 2020, Guidelines for the Implementation of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers Program (TUPAD) #Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD #BKBK) Disinfecting/Sanitation Project, dated 18 March 2020. See also: Social Amelioration Programs for the Community Quarantine by Reason of COVID-19; Emergency Subsidy Program (ESP) during the Community Quarantine); Target Beneficiaries of the Government Social Amelioration Program for COVID-19; Documentary Requirements to Avail of Government Social Amelioration Programs for COVID-19]

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3 thoughts on “Assistance for Displaced / Disadvantaged Workers under the DOLE TUPAD Program

  1. Mitch Aquino

    Hi good day ask ko lng if bgo p lng po ung salon at soft operation p lng at di p stablish form time to convid19 as employee pwede poo kmi magapply Ng financial assistance at saan at ppano po thank you so much

    1. Wilfredo Benitez

      good pm po, panu po makakuha ng financial assistance sa tupad ung mga construction workers na natigil ang trabaho dahil sa covid-19 , hindi rin po nakasali sa SAP ng DSWD

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