3,000 more Leyteños receive TUPAD, CARD aid in Tacloban, Tolosa


The Office of Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, represented by his district chief of staff Atty. Mark Reyes and assisted by Tolosa Mayor Erwin C. Ocaña and DOLE North Leyte Field Office head Engr. Emmanuel Dela Cruz, leads the distribution of P4,050 cash aid to 2,000 beneficiaries in the municipality of Tolosa, Leyte under the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD  at the town’s gymnasium Thursday morning (July 11, 2024). According to Reyes, the initiative is a testament to the Speaker’s commitment to help those in need in his district and in the province of Leyte in line with the vision of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. for Bagong Pilipinas.

IN a continuing effort to support and uplift the communities of Leyte, the Office of Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez on Thursday spearheaded the rollout of cash and rice aid meant to provide immediate relief, as well as emergency employment to residents in need. 

Under the Cash and Rice Distribution (CARD) program held at Barangay 94 (Tigbao) in Tacloban City a total of 2,000 beneficiaries received P5,000 in cash aid and P1,000 worth of rice, providing crucial support to families in the region. 

Likewise, the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program was held in the municipality of Tolosa, Leyte benefitting another 1,000 individuals, who each received P4,050 for 10 days of work.

Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez emphasized the importance of these initiatives in promoting community welfare and supporting the economic recovery of Leyte. 

“These aid distributions are a testament to our commitment to serve the people of Leyte. By providing both immediate relief and employment opportunities, we are taking significant steps towards rebuilding and strengthening our communities,” he stated.

“These efforts are part of a broader strategy of the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. to address the ongoing challenges faced by many Filipinos and to foster resilience and recovery across the nation,” he added. 

He noted that both of these targeted assistance programs are also being implemented in other areas of the country.

CARD is designed to alleviate the financial burden faced by many residents and ensure they have access to basic necessities while TUPAD provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed, and seasonal workers, helping them sustain their livelihood.

In the Tolosa aid rollout, Speaker Romualdez was represented by his district chief of staff, Atty. Mark Stephen Reyes.

“Alinsunod po sa direktiba ni Speaker Romualdez, patuloy kaming nakikipag-ugnayan sa mga local government units at ibat-ibang mga ahensya ng ating gobyerno para sa maayos at mabilis na paghahatid ng tulong sa ating mga kababayan na nangangailangan ng ayuda,” Reyes said. 

Tolosa Mayor Erwin C. Ocaña and Engr. Emmanuel Dela Cruz, head of the Department of Labor (DOLE)-North Leyte Field Office assisted Reyes during the TUPAD payout. 

The BarangayTigbao payout was led by Speaker’s Office district coordinator Cyril Malinao, who represented the Speaker, in coordination with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) represented by Social Welfare Officer II Rammilyn Majarilla.

According to Reyes, the continuing implementation of various aid programs in Leyte manifests the Speaker’s unwavering effort to help those in need in his district and the entire province in line with the vision of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. for Bagong Pilipinas.

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