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CLEEP trainings generate 3,503 jobs, P49-M investment

Iloilo City (1 February) -- The trainings conducted by the regional office of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here in Western Visayas under its Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) have generated 3,503 jobs since its launch in January 27 until December 31, 2009, a big boost to the government's efforts to ensure employment opportunities, especially, among underprivileged sectors in the region.

Likewise, the trainings generated some P49.98 million in investment and P67.54 million in sales during the period.

DTI 6 Information Officer Ruby Melliza said the training comprised Basic Entrepreneurship, skills, management and other related trainings is part of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's CLEEP which has already generated 350,000 jobs nationwide at the end of 2009.

From January 27 to December 31, a total of 357 trainings were conducted in various provinces of the region. These trainings were participated in by some 11, 345 Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs, unemployed, overseas Filipino workers, housewives, Brgy. Officials, students, retirees, farmers, fisherfolks, person with disabilities and senior citizens, according to the CLEEP report of DTI 6.

Also, out-of-school youth, members of media, would-be entrepreneurs and even those employed availed of the trainings.

The same report showed that the province of Capiz has conducted the most number of trainings with 130 participated in by some 4,035 beneficiaries, followed by Negros Occidental with 127 trainings participated in by 4,735, Iloilo with 120 trainings participated in by 2,927, Aklan with 64 trainings participated in by 1,669, Antique with 60 trainings participated in by 1,881 and Guimaras with 50 trainings participated in by 1421.

Melliza said aside from the basic techniques and skills acquired in the training, participants in the region were also assisted in acquiring financial assistance from government agencies and other financial institutions amounting to P12.33 million to finance their businesses. (PIA) [top]

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