CLEEP answers PGMA directive for Cabinet to put up emergency programs
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Manila (17 February) -- The Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) is the cabinets' response to Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's directive to draw up and prepare emergency work programs that are doable and fundable livelihood projects.
This emergency employment program is geared towards the provision of work that is immediate, requires little or no skill or formal education and engages the worker only on a part-time basis of less than 40 hours a week, or short time of 45 days or less, and allows workers to obtain more than one (1) job.
Pacifico T. Pupos, Jr., Presidential Assistant for Northern Mindanao and Chair of the Regional KALAHI Convergence Group, region 10, said the CLEEP framework was established to coincide with the current efforts to build the super regions where systems are already in place to encourage and accommodate increased public and private investments.
The framework, also, puts significant focus on Priority One provinces, including the National Capital Region (NCR) as well as those food-poor provinces with the highest number of families living below subsistence levels.
Designs of livelihood strategies and the manner of government intervention will be based on natural resource-based activities, non-natural resource based and off-farm activities, intensification and/or diversification and short-term and/or long-term outcomes, among others.
In keeping with this policy, agriculture and agribusiness will be the primary focus of livelihood and emergency employment in the Mindanao Super Region and the Northern Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle (NLAQ), as majority of the working poor are concentrated in these sectors, Pupos said.
In the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway, the focus is on employment in the service and industry sectors while in Central Philippines, it's investment and job generating programs in tourism and in the National Capital region (NCR), stronger support is placed on microfinance services for the transport sector, the Out-of-School Youth Serving Towards Economic Recovery (OYSTER) program and infrastructure develop
ment. (PIA 10) [top]