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Feature: CLEEP, response to global economic crisis

By Jonnie H. Buenaventura

Tacloban City (27 February) -- The Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) is a concerted effort between and among the agencies of the government to take necessary measures and steps to provide job or livelihood opportunities in order to mitigate or lessen the impact of economic slowdown.

Agnes Catherine T. Miranda, Director Macro-Policy Unit, National Poverty Commission (NAPC), during the Regional KALAHI Convergence Group (RKCG) meeting held at Ritz Tower de Leyte, today, discussed the importance of CLEEP in this year's economic slowdown.

Director Miranda gave due importance to the poorest municipalities and provinces in region 8 that need intervention to address the severe effects which redound to increase of crime rate and call the immediate assistance among the national line agencies, local government units, government organizations and non-government organizations to provide job and livelihood opportunities to the affected area, she said.

The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) thru Director Evangeline Paran reported the top 10 poorest municipalities during 2003 data in Region 8 which all came from the Province of Samar, they rank in the following order, San Jose de Buan, 81.91% (1); Matuguinao, 81.35% (2); Zumarraga, 80.11% (3); Tarangnan, 77.99% (4); Daram, 77.96% (5); Santa Rita, 76.49% (6), Pinabacdao 74.34% (7); Tagapul-an, 74.05% (8); San Sebastian 73.97% (9) and Santo Niņo 73.39% (10).

While the National Nutrition Council (NNC) posted the top 20 Nutritionally Depressed Municipalities in region 8 for the year 2008 which was reported by Ms. Dina Dilao which rank under the following order, Matuguinao, Samar, 42.72% (1); Tunga, Leyte 41.91% (2), Las Navas N. Samar 40.63% (3); San Jose de Buan, Samar, 39.09% (4); Alang-Alang, Leyte, 38.88% (5); Sto. Niņo, Samar, 37.03% (6); Pagsanghan, Samar 36.78% (7); Laoang N. Samar, 35.80% (8); Tarangnan, Samar, 35.64% (9); Santa Rita, 33.79% (10); Lope de Vega N. Samar, 32.67% (11); Almagro, Samar, 32% (12); Jiabong, Samar, 31.56% (13); Lavezares N. Samar, 30.47 % (14); San Vicente N. Samar, 30.45% (15); San Roque N. Samar, 30.41% (16); Maydolong E. Samar, 29.91 (17); Santa Margarita, Samar 29.89% (18); Javier, Leyte, 29.87% (19) and Pambujan N. Samar, 29.56% (20).

Among the 20 nutritionally depressed municipalities, nine landed to Samar in which Matuguinao, Samar rank number one; seven in Northern Samar; one in Eastern Samar and three in Leyte. Biliran and Southern Leyte has low prevalence of such deficiencies.

Director Miranda pointed out that it clearly shows thru the survey and statistical data that region 8 needs intervention particularly the province of Samar which is among the poorest and depressed province and all stakeholders shall unit to promote job and livelihood opportunities among the people of this affected area. (PIA-8) [top]

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