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PGMA directs cabinet heads to act as emergency work programs stewards

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Manila (17 February) -- The generation of employment and livelihood opportunities for targeted income groups is the country's best preparation in thwarting the problems brought about by the global credit crunch.

Thus, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed all the members of her cabinet to draw up and prepare emergency work programs and livelihood projects which are easy to do and fund for the intended beneficiaries in the middle class, middle low-income class and the poorest of the poor.

For this purpose, the President issued Memorandum Circular No. 168 directing the cabinet to implement pro-poor programs in all regions and for them to effectively monitor their delivery and implementation, in close coordination with the local government units and non-government organizations, Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said.

Hence, all departments and national agencies are directed to mobilize all their remaining resources, including contingency funds, to finance the pro-poor livelihood and job programs taking into consideration the economic and social environment of each region.

Meanwhile, to ensure efficiency in the execution of the programs, the following cabinet members have been designated program stewards: Romulo L. Neri, Social Security System (SSS), Northern Mindanao, Region 10.

Francisco T. Duque, Department of Health (DOH), Ilocos Region 1, Esperanza Cabral, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Jose I. Atienza, Jr., Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR), Arthur C. Yap, Department of Agriculture (DA), Cagayan Valley, Region II, Marianito D. Roque, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Jesli A. Lapus, Department of Education (DepEd) and Hermognes E. Ebdane Jr., Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Central Luzon, Region III.

Leandro R. Mendoza, Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Ralph G. Recto, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Peter B. Fabilla, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Ronaldo V. Puno, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Calabarzon, Region IV-A, Vice-Pres. Noli L. De Castro, MIMAROPA, Region IV-B, Rolando G. Andaya, Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Bicol, Region V, Raul M. Gonzales, Department of Justice (DOJ) and Margarito B. Teves, Department of Finance (DOF), Western Visayas, Region VI.

Joseph Ace H. Durano, Department of Tourism (DOT), Central Visayas, Region VII, Gabriel Claudio, Eastern Visayas, Region VIII, Eduardo R. Ermita, Zamboanga Peninsula, Region IX, Jesus P. Dureza, Davao, Region XI, Gilbert C. Teodoro, Department of National Defense (DND), SocSarGen, Region 12 and Nasser C. Pangandaman, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). (PIA 10[top]

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