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Government agencies create emergency jobs

Tabuk City, Kalinga (14 February) -- Government agencies operating in the province simultaneously launched the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) of President Gloria Macapoagal-Arroyo under her economic resiliency plan aimed to create jobs and open livelihood projects to address the impact of the global financial crisis on the Filipino people, particularly the marginalized sector of the society.

OIC Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engr. Ricardo Dang-iw said the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has created "green collar jobs" for individuals and people's organizations (PO) wanting to establish nurseries and engage in seedling production; conduct reforestation; establish agro-forestry livelihood; do enrichment planting; and assisted natural regeneration.

He said P42 million worth of projects was proposed for Kalinga to be awarded to persons and partner POs willing to reforest and engaged in agro-forestry; maintain the area and sustain the project as source of family income. A total area of 1,537 hectares is targeted developed under the program Dang-iw said adding that everything will be covered by a memorandum of Agreement among concerned stakeholders.

"Activities under the upland development program are establishment of fruit bearing trees and forest tree nurseries by POs; development of individual upland farms through the application of agroforestry techniques; reforestation of grasslands and vulnerable areas," Dang-iw said. Priority is also given to those promoting the "one town, one product" (OTOP) by assisting them in production and expansion of the area planted, he said.

On the other hand, OIC Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer Edano Canao said their office hires 1,000 workers each month from February to April this year for the employment of sons and daughters of agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARB) and those of CARP beneficiary certificate holders.

He said they are preparing the list of beneficiaries and the kind of livelihood project these ARBs could operate to help them get employed and generate additional income for the family. "Establishment of poultry and livestock are viable projects for them since part of their farms could be utilized for that purpose including backyard gardening," Canao said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Avelina Manganip, Provincial Officer of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) announced their quota under the special program for the employment of students was already filled up. She announced that 260 students will be given work this summer. "Just in time when school is out," adding that the project will be a major component of the government's Youth Employment in Summer (YES) program.

She said partner agencies/schools and local government units pledged to sponsor a number of students who work 30-45 days and paid the minimum daily wage with DOLE providing 40% of their pay and 60% from the employer. "The activity is geared at providing emergency employment for students to ease them from the burden of the financial crisis," Manganip said.

The government will put budget-funded energy-independence and environment projects under its P330-billion economic resiliency package to create "green collar jobs." Likewise, some 6,000 short-term jobs have been opened up in the government's P650-million poverty mapping project. The Department of Social Welfare and Development will undertake the program once the 2009 budget takes effect. (PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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