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RDC-X identifies 14 CLEEP projects in Region 10

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan De Oro City (13 February) -- At least 14 projects will be implemented in Northern Mindanao under the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP), this year.

The CLEEP aims to protect the most vulnerable sectors, such as, the poor, hungry, returning expatriates, workers in the export industry, out of school youth, etc. from threatened consequences of reduced or lost income resulting from the globe economic crisis.

Presidential Assistant for Northern Mindanao (PANorMin) Pacifico Pupos, Jr., said CLEEP aims to hire for emergency employment and to fund and supervise livelihood projects intended to protect the most vulnerable sectors.

The program is geared towards the provision of work that is immediate, requires little or no skill or education, engages the worker only part-time of less than 40 hrs. or short-time of 45 days or less, or allows them to obtain more than one (1) job at a time.

During a regional consultation at the Regional Development Council/ National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), region 10, the following CLEEP projects will be undertaken in region 10:

Roadside maintenance and/or flood control manpower through the Out of School Youth Serving Towards Economic Recovery (OYSTER), KALAHI Cash-for-Work and Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD).

Financial Assistance and Microfinance for Expatriates (FAME), Employment in Farm-to-Market Road Construction and Maintenance, Organic Fertilizer Production, Goat Dispersal and Microfinance for Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) Beneficiaries.

Irrigation Repair for Irrigated Ricelands, Bantay Dagat, and Bantay Gubat projects, Integrated Services for the Livelihood Advancement of Fisherfolks (ISLA) and Grassroots Entrepreneurship for Employment in Tourism (GREET).

Clean and Green Projects, Repair of Health Facilities through OYSTER, TUPAD and KALAHI Cash for Work, as well as Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) for Botica sa Barangay.

Meanwhile, Pupos said CLEEP expects to build partnerships with local government units (LGUs), non-government or peoples' organizations (NGO/POs), the private sector and academe and tap their pools of expertise, resources and logistics. (PIA 10) [top]

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