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Over 436,000 land jobs in gov't emergency employment programs

Manila (23 March) -- The Arroyo administration has so far provided gainful employment to 436,322 Filipino workers under three emergency programs created to cushion the impact of the global financial crisis on the people.

The figure represented 88.43 percent of the targeted 493,388 people to be given jobs under the government's Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) created under Memorandum Circular 168.

In its latest accomplishment report to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) said P10.32 billion, or 75.12 percent of the P13.74 billion allocation have been spent for the three CLEEP employment programs as of last March 12.

Contributory factors to CLEEP's success are the issuance of Executive Order (EO) No. 782 by the President last year which enjoined government agencies to institute measures to assist workers affected by the global financial crisis and temporary filling up of vacant government positions, as well as EO No. 783 which provided for government interventions "to save and create jobs" as part of the Economic Resiliency Plan.

"In crisis situations, government intervention to extend relief and comfort to the people, particularly those most vulnerable to hostile economic forces, can never be overemphasized," Press Secretary Crispulo Icban Jr. said.

At least 32,410 workers landed jobs, courtesy of the two EOs, NAPC Secretary and lead convenor Domingo Panganiban reported to President Arroyo.

On the other hand, the Youth National Service program created by EO 788 has recruited a total of 16,546 persons, aged 18 to 24, to undertake a two-year national service commitment with modest stipends through the National Service Corps or the Youth Conservation Corps.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) turned out to be the biggest achiever in this department with 5,293 recruits, about 4,000 of them coming from Metro Manila; followed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) with 4,495; the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DNR) with 4,390; and the Department of Social Welfare an Development (DSWD) with 850.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) accounted for 1,498, while the Department of Education (DepEd) reported only 20 recruits.

Icban said the three major job generation programs instituted by the President "were extremely relevant considering the fact that not a few multinationals in the country collapsed under the sheer pressure of the global economic meltdown." (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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