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15,000 Mindanao folk to benefit from CLEEP

by Jemin B. Guillermo

Roxas City (10 February) -- More than 15,000 Filipinos in Mindanao are expected to benefit from the government's Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Programs (CLEEP).

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Esperanza Cabral, in the agency's press release, said that some 15,658 people from Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao and Shariff Kabunsuan in the ARMM as well as in Apayao and Abra in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) are expected to benefit from the the implementation of CLEEP as part of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's instruction to protect the vulnerable sector from the threats and effects of reduced or lost income due to CLEEP's implementation.

Cabral said that the DSWD is intensifying global economic crisis.

CLEEP provides emergency employment and income-generating services for the poor, hungry, returning expatriates, workers in the export industry, and out-of school youth in anticipation of the adverse effects of the ongoing worldwide economic crisis on the Philippines.

President Arroyo has assigned DSWD to implement CLEEP in Mindanao, Cabral revealed.

For the ARMM provinces, the livelihood and emergency employment activities include cash for work in Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan (KALAHI) project, Botika ng Barangay, cultivation of organic fertilizer, construction of flatbed dryers, coconut-corn intercropping, roadside maintenance, programang Gulayan Para sa Masa, Tindahan Natin, fisherfolk livelihood; bantay-dagat, and livelihood projects for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

For CAR areas, the services to be extended are cash for work on KALAHI projects, Gulayan Para sa Masa, Tindahan Natin, roadside maintenance, agro-forestry, Botika ng Barangay, and Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program.

Cabral disclosed that the DSWD is providing P31.7 million to implement the various services.

As of January 23, the DSWD has provided livelihood and emergency employment assistance to some 11,639 beneficiaries, she said, adding that of said beneficiaries, some 10,124 are from the three provinces of ARMM while 1,515 are from the two provinces in CAR.

She added that the DSWD social workers are closely working with concerned national and local government agencies for the implementation of the services under CLEEP.

Meanwhile, the agency and the Department of National Defense are jointly implementing emergency work and self-employment assistance-kaunlaran program for some 1,000 internally displaced persons in the provinces of Sarangani and North Cotabato as part of the CLEEP initiatives. (PIA) [top]

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