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Jobs, livelihood, discounts and concerts for 111th June 12

by Betty Lou S Penera

Quezon City (5 June) -- On June 12 celebration of the 111th Philippine Independence Day, DOLE Secretary and NOC chair of the 111th Independence Day Marianito Roque said that in keeping with this year's theme "Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan: Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan" the event will have a three-day jobs generation activities in Rizal Park and in 18 sites around the country.

Specifically, Roque said the triple-one anniversary will focus on 3 target beneficiaries. The first day June 12 is reserved for displaced government workers for emergency contract employment or vacant plantilla positions and the qualified workers in various government agencies. There is an estimated 50,000 positions for the combined vacant plantilla positions for qualified jobseekers and emergency contract workers in various government agencies, bureaus, corporations nationwide.

On the next day June 13, some 1000 companies from the private sector shall offer 75,000 positions as well as LGUs and on June 14, 50,000 land and sea-based jobs for OFWS shall be given by 1,000 local recruitment agencies/ contractors.

Also, to pursue last year's theme of "bringing government closer to the people" President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has directed her cabinet secretaries to implement the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program as part of the government's economic resiliency plan addressing the global financial crisis. The various CLEEP Stewards/champions shall bring to the people in all regions jobs, emergency employment contracts, livelihood, housing, scholarships and entrepreneurial opportunities to be led by DOLE and NAPC.

According to NHI Exec. Director Ludovico Badoy, chair of the NOC Technical Working Committee, these services shall start with the historical flag raising and wreath-laying rites and complemented with the various government services such as assistance on NBI clearance, NSO birth certificate, SSS claims, PAGIBIG housing assistance and the Diskwento Project of DTI, LTO driver's license, DFA passport and other services. The simultaneous flag raising under Sentro Kagitingan and wreathlaying ceremonies shall be led by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo as the country's annual nationwide tribute to our heroes.

Sentro Kasipagan shows the industriousness of the Filipino workers shall be manifested in the job openings, emergency employment contracts, livelihood, presyo diskwento as well as the granting of scholarships by TESDA and CHED vouchers of DSWD, hiring of DepEd teachers, police and army personnel of PNP, DND/AFP, street sweepers of MMDA, construction workers for DPWH, NARS Program of DOH, Green Technology of DENR and others.

Sentro Kagalingan on the other hand, highlights the creativity of the Filipino talent which will showcase in the Kalayaan evening concert outstanding Filipino artists who have crossed international borders and put the Philippines in the global map such as Charice Pempengco, the Bayanihan Dance Troupe, and the legendary Pilita Corrales. There is also a search on Pambansang Gawad sa Ulirang Kabataan of DepEd to recognize outstanding students and a tribute to artist Francis Magalona by leading bands.

The public will enjoy this year's Independence Day from morning to night time since the DOT, NPDC, NCCA, DND-AFP, PAGCOR, PETA, FFCC, MMDA shall provide a 3-day cultural shows/entertainment and free performances during the celebration of our 111th Independence Day as well as free LRT/MRT rides on June 12 from 7:00 - 9:00 AM and 5:00 - 7:00 PM. (PIA) [top]

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