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CLEEP stewards lead reg'l 111th Independence Day rites

Manila (8 June) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed the Cabinet Secretaries who are CLEEP stewards of the different Regions of the country to oversee the activities pertaining to the 111th Independence Day Celebration on June 12.

Far from the usual pomp and pageantry, the June 12 celebration will instead focus on jobs and job generation. The government will launch its nationwide Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) on this day.

For the National Capital Region, the CLEEP steward is DENR Secretary Lito Atienza; for Cordillera Autonomous Region, DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral; for Region 1, PMS Secretary Hermogenes Esperon and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III; and for Region 2, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap.

The CLEEP Steward who will attend the Kalayaan 2009 celebration in Region 3 is Education Secretary Jesli Lapus; for Rehion 4-A, DTI Secretary Peter Favila and Secretary Ebdane; for Region 5, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya; for Region 6, Justice Secretary Gonzales and PA Banas; for Region 7, Secretary Durano and Finance Secretary Gary Teves; for Region 8, Secretary Gabriel Claudio and USEC Ian Datu; and for Region 9, Executive Secretary Ermita and PA Msgr. Dela Cruz.

The CLEEP Steward who attend the June 12 celebration in Region 10 is Labor Secretary Roque; for Region 11, Secretary Jesus Dureza; Region 12, Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro; for CARAGA, Tourism Secretary Ace Durano and for ARMM, Secretary Pangandaman and DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral.

The CLEEP Stewards will be the main guest who will assist in the Flag-raising, wreath-laying, present the employment, training and livelihood certificates to the beneficiaries in the respective regions, and deliver the keynote speech.

CLEEP is primarily intended for poor and underprivileged workers who are expected to bear the brunt of the global financial meltdown. The jobs created under the CLEEP will help improve the country's infrastructure, push the growth of rural enterprise, improve public health care and food security, and stimulate private investments.

The initial phase of the program involves the setting up of public facilities that will benefit some 1.5 million Filipinos, improve services for 7,352 families, 353 business establishments, 222 cooperatives, 1,287 barangays and nine agrarian-reform communities.

Many of the jobs to be generated under the first phase of the CLEEP are also designed to hasten the pace of agricultural development in the country. Its initial component will speed up key irrigation and farm-to-market road projects, as well as state-initiated efforts designed to improve environmental protection, waste management and manufacturing services nationwide.

Financing for the program will come from savings generated from the 2008 government budget, as well as counterpart funds from local government units, among others. (PIA 8) [top]

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