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MRDP, CLEEP to spur employment in Mindanao

by Elaine O. Ratunil

Cagayan de Oro City (16 February) -- The Mindanao Rural Development Program Phase 2 (MRDP-2) is aligned with the Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) of the government.

This was stressed by Regional Director Lealyn A. Ramos of the Department of Agriculture (DA), Region 10, during a media forum which was among the activities of the World Bank Supervision Mission Consultation Meeting for Regions 9, 10 and 13, held in the city recently.

She also said more jobs will be generated and more livelihood projects will be implemented under the MRDP-Community Fund for Agricultural Development (CFAD) to increase the income of the rural communities to meet their food security and provide them agribusiness opportunities.

Meanwhile, MRDP Deputy Director Arnel U. De Mesa said at least 70% of the workforce doing their project should come from the local labor force, thereby contributing to CLEEP which aims to protect the most vulnerable sectors from the consequences of reduced income resulting from the global crisis.

Mesa said the MRDP is a five-year program launched in 2007 jointly funded by the national government, local government units (LGUs) and the World Bank that implements infrastructure projects such as irrigation, FMR and potable water supply.

It also provide livelihood projects including environmental protection and governance reform, all geared up to alleviate poverty in rural Mindanao.

On the other hand, CLEEP aims to fund and supervise livelihood projects that are immediate and hire for emergency employment that requires little or no skills or education and engages short time tables that allows workers to obtain more than one job. (PIA 10) [top]

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