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PIA Press Release
2009/02/19

DOLE initiates CLEEP in Aklan

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (19 February) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is initiating moves to implement the Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP), a component of the government's Economic Resiliency Plan.

The Economic Resiliency Plan is the government's stimulus program.

Joselito dela Banda, Provincial Head of DOLE-Aklan said specific projects for Aklan under CLEEP include Tulong Panghanapbuhay Sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD), and Integrated Service for Livelihood Advancement of Fisherfolks (ISLA).

Three municipalities in the province Madalag, Libacao and Balete have been identified initially to benefit from TUPAD, while the town of ibajay was identified for ISLA, being a coastal town.

The towns were selected as first beneficiaries of the TUPAD program based on the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) 6' assessment.

Under the program, fifty residents each from the three towns will be identified for one month (22 days) employment in their municipalities and will be paid based on rates prevailing in the areas.

DOLE, De la Banda said, is allocating P176,00 for Madalag; P198,000 for Libacao, and P176,000 for Balete.

Based on the program guidelines, the Philippine National Police (PNP) will assist respective local government units in identifying beneficiaries of the program. The local government units, for their program counterpart, will shoulder 50% of the social protection benefit of the beneficiaries while Philhealth will shoulder the other 50%. The LGUs will also be required to shoulder one month SSS premium of the beneficiaries.

For its part, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will be providing the skills upgrading component of the program. 

"This will be, hopefully, after the beneficiaries had one their one-month emergency employment for further productivity," said De La Banda.

The work assignments of the beneficiaries will depend on the needs identified by the LGUs.

For faster implementation of the program so needy Aklanons will get the much-needed economic interventions from the government, DOLE-Aklan said the three municipalities must expedite submission of requirements.

According to DOLE, displaced workers or their immediate family members are the target priorities of the program. (PIA) [top]

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