RDC 1 to create more than 350,000 jobs opportunities vs global economic crisis
By Freddie G. Lazaro
San Fernando City, La Union (February 25) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 1 chaired by Ilocos Sur Governor Deogracias Victor "DV" B. Savellano is aiming for the creation of more than 350,000 job opportunities in the Ilocos Pangasinan provinces this year.
These job opportunities were the consolidated target based on the submitted contributions of 19 regional line agencies, 4 local government units (LGUs) and a private sector for the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) and the Intensified Social Protection Program (ISPP) for the region's detailed action plan on the contingency measures for the Global Economic Crisis (GEC).
The RDC 1 also consolidated the following initial activities for the Economic Resiliency Program (ERP): an aggressive marketing program of Region 1 as a cheaper holiday, culture, leisure, sports and adventure destination in the country; provision of training programs to enhance services of tourism oriented and related establishment; strengthening the implementation of laws governing the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs); the intensified campaign for the use of locally produced products; the adoption of flexible work arrangement; consideration of moratorium on wage increase; investments in business ventures in the non-banking sectors; streamlining loan requirements to facilitate credit access; and looking for an alternative export markets particularly for OTOP (One Town One Product) and commodities of convergence.
Among the agencies responsible for the job generation opportunities under CLEEP and ISPP strategies include: DOH, DOLE, OWWA, POEA, DA, BFAR, DENR, DTI, TESDA, DOST, DPWH, DepEd, NFA, DMMMSU (Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University), ISPSC Ilocos Sur Polytechnic State College), PSU (Pangasinan State University), NNC (National Nutrition Council), NCIP (National Commission for Indigenous People) and HUDCC; LGUs in Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte; and private sector Kalinga ng Ama Shelter.
The agencies and sectors involved in the ERP program are the business groups; the tourism services groups; the Government Financial Institutions (GFIs) such as the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), LBP, PNB and DBP, and the Rural Bankers' Association; and regional line agencies: the North Luzon Quadrangle Area, and the DTI.
Director Leonardo N. Quitos Jr of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) told Tuesday that these initial activities were approved during a consultative conference initiated by the RDC held at Saint Louis College, San Fernando City, La Union recently.
A total of P21.525 billion funds had been estimated by the concern regional line agencies, LGUs, private sectors, business sectors and NGOs for the successful implementation of activities for the CLEEP program while P328.271 million budgets for the ISPP program.
The contingency plan ultimately aimed to cushion the adverse effects of the global economic- financial crisis in the region.
Among the significant highlights of activities of the CLEEP in Region 1 were the livelihood enhancement and assistance; the emergency employment and job generation and the skills, productivity and technology enhancement trainings and seminars.
The sources of job opportunities of the CLEEP would be the road construction and maintenance; contruction and maintenance of irrigation facilities; establishment of competitive agricultural enterprise and promotion of enterprise development by expanding microfinance services for the poor.
The target clients of the CLEEP program will be those working in the adversely affected sectors of the region's economy.
Meanwhile the ISPP target beneficiaries will be the marginal groups in the region like the farmers and landless rural workers; artisanal fisherfolk; indigenous people; children, youth and students; senior citizens; victims of disasters and calamities; persons with disabilities; women sectors; urban poor; workers in the formal sectors and migrant workers; cooperatives; and NGOs. (PIA Ilocos Sur) [top]