The Facts: Contrary to what some people in Benguet might think, the TUPAD payout is not a program of Eric Yap. Photographs and videos of the caretaker taken during TUPAD payouts, which include tarpaulins misleadingly expressing that the payouts are from him, abound on social media.
TUPAD or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers is a program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). It is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, underemployed and seasonal workers.
The availing of TUPAD assistance is subject to the eligibility of the beneficiaries and compliance with the requirements under Department Order 219-20. Specifically, the qualified beneficiaries are the workers in the informal sector who were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and other forms of calamities.
Why we fact-checked this: Many government officials, whether elected or appointed, indulge in self-promotion through the placement of names, pictures, or otherwise on programs, projects, and any other initiatives that are funded by the government. This includes government infrastructure and social projects like the cash payout for indigent peoples. Because of these, their constituents, through the mistaken value of utang na loob, believe it is the politicians they should be thankful to.
Eric Yap is running for congressman in Benguet.