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Over 9,400 individuals are employed under CLEEP in Central Visayas

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu, Philippines (08 June) -- More than 9,400 individuals are employed under the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) in Central Visayas as of April 2009.

The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA-7) here reported, these individuals are employed through the various livelihood and emergency programs of government agencies such as DOLE, NIA, DENR, DTU, DSWD, DPWH among others.

According to the NEDA-7 report, work varies from construction and roadside maintenance workers, contractual employment at the local government units, extension workers, self-employment via livelihood enterprise development, skills training and Kalahi cash for work, and the like.

The CLEEP is the government's response to the problems brought about by the global financial crisis. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo through MC-168 directed the cabinet secretaries to implement pro-poor programs in all regions.

Specifically, CLEEP aims to protect the most vulnerable sectors; the poor, the hungry, returning expatriates, workers in the export industry and the out-of-school youth from the threats and impact of reduced and lost of income as a consequence of the global financial debacle, the NEDA-7 report read.

Its immediate objectives are to hire for emergency employment, fund and supervise livelihood projects that are aligned with the Super Regions priorities; the needs of the 12 poorest provinces; needs of the 12 most food-poor provinces and the food poor NCR, this was learned.

In the 2nd quarter meeting of the Regional Kalahi Convergence Group (RKCG) recently, NEDA-7 said in Central Visayas, nine (9) national government agencies are implementing projects under CLEEP, namely; NIA, DENR, DAR, DOLE, DTI, DSWD, DA, DOH and DPWH.

While the Department of Tourism is implementing the Grassroots Entrepreneurship and Employment in Tourism (GREET) project, its processing of applications is done in Manila. The Dept of Foreign Affairs and DILG on the other hand are also identified as CLEEP implementing agencies but they do not have specific projects for Central Visayas, NEDA-7 reported.

The DPWH-7 said, some 2,593 individuals have been employed under its roadside maintenance program while NIA-7 hired 608 people for its construction, rehabilitation and restoration of irrigation facilities in the region.

The Dept of Labor & Employment (DOLE) also reported that it has employed 1,765 disadvantaged workers, fisherfolks, nurses and basic sectors in the local government units, rural and health centers under its TUPAD, ISLA, NARS and DILP programs.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) here said the highlights of its CLEEP implementation are its on-going and regular skills training and enterprise development seminars that generate and employ more than 800 jobs during the 1st quarter of 2009.

To highlight the gains of CLEEP, the above implementing agencies in the region will showcase their livelihood and employment programs during the 3-day mega jobs & employment fair on June 12, 13 & 14 in celebration of the 111th Independence Day at SM-Cebu.

Employment contracts, appointments, training vouchers and livelihood grants will be awarded to workers and beneficiaries under the CLEEP on June 12. (PIA-7/MBCN) [top]

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