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About 21,000 Filipinos find jobs through gov't projects

Tacloban City (February 12) -- About 21,000 unemployed or underemployed Filipinos all over the country have found jobs through the various government projects as the Arroyo Administration invested an initial P434.5 million to its Comprehensive and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) over the past 15 days alone.

National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) chief Domingo Panganiban said that 20,958 workers throughout the country have already found new jobs and employment opportunities in the repair and rehabilitation of public health facilities, watershed maintenance and environmental protection programs, and microfinance and cash-for-work projects, among others.

The job generation and emergency employment projects under the CLEEP will benefit not only the workers hired but also their families and the communities in which they live, Secretary Panganiban said.

The President is closely monitoring the planning and implementation of all projects under the emergency program.

President Arroyo earlier directed all government agencies to consolidate and fast rack all of their jobs and employment generation programs under the CLEEP as part of the government's efforts to insulate the country from the global economic crisis.

Time and again, the President stressed the need for all agencies to step up the implementation of CLEEP. The Department Secretaries have been assigned as stewards of the Regions where they are to oversee the planning and management of the program.

CLEEP is designed to protect the most vulnerable sectors from the threats and consequences of reduced or loss of income as a result of the global crisis by providing emergency employment and funding and supervising livelihood projects.

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.

The program aims to build the capacities of Filipino workers and afford them the skills they need to compete in tougher job markets as well as create as many jobs as possible in the least possible amount of time for the poor through investments in public works and enterprise development.

The effort is built around the Super Regions Program and will produce jobs through road construction and maintenance, the maintenance of irrigation facilities, the establishment of competitive agricultural enterprise, and the promotion of enterprise development by expanding microfinance services for the poor throughout the country.. (PIA 8) [top]

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