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RP regions implement identified CLEEP projects

Tacloban City (June 8) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself identified the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) for Region 8, Secretary Gabriel Claudio, the Presidential Political Adviser, informed.

Secretary Claudio, who has been designated by the President as the steward or overseer of the government's Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program in Region 8 said that the program aims to mitigate the effects of the global economic crisis that is expected to worsen this year.

About nine projects have been identified for the CLEEP in Region 8, Secretary Claudio said. Initial progress has been made in the implementation and monitoring of most of the foregoing projects, for which he said he is grateful to the various government agencies.

There is a need, however, for a stronger cooperation and coordination between and among the concerned departments and agencies, Secretary Claudio added. To remedy this, Secretary Claudio has met with the representatives of the agencies.

Among the CLEEP projects for Region 8 as identified by the President herself is the GREET (Grassroots Entrepreneurship and Employment in Tourism) under the Department of Tourism, with instruction to source funds therefore from the Philippine Tourism Authority.

Another project is the OYSTER (Out of School Youth Servicing Towards Economic Recovery), with instruction to source funds from the Road Board.

Also included among the CLEEP projects in Region 8 are the InfRES (Infrastructure for Rural Productivity Enhancement Sector) projects; farm to market roads; and distribution of flatbed mechanical dryers, all under the Department of Agriculture.

Two more CLEEP Projects are the Bantay Dagat and Bantay Gubat of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the Department of Environment and Aquatic Resources.

Under the Department of Labor and Employment, another CLEEP project is the ISLA which is the acronym for Integrated Services for Livelihood Advancement of the Fisherfolks.

The Botika ng Barangay under the Department of Health and the Tindahan Natin and KALAHI (Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan) under the Department of Social Welfare and Development, have also been identified as CLEEP projects for Region 8.

Secretary Claudio will oversee the implementation of the said programs in Region 8, which serve as livelihood and emergency employment programs especially for the poor who will be affected by the global economic crunch.

The CLEEP was launched by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in October of 2008, as a pro-active measure intended to help overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that will be retrenched due to the global economic crisis. It was initially meant to cover a few hundred thousand jobless Filipinos around the country.

In January 2009, President Arroyo has ordered the expansion of the administration's emergency employment and livelihood program to create at least one million jobs for the poor by July. The cost of the program was estimated at P1.7 Billion but with the expansion, the cost have become higher.

The Palace earlier announced that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III will be in charge of setting up Botika ng Barangay (community drug stores) for Region 1 (Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan), as a livelihood program and tap the jobless for repairs of health facilities as emergency employment program.

With the exception of Pangasinan, Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap will oversee the implementation of the cultivation of organic fertilizers as livelihood program and restoration of irrigation systems as emergency jobs program.

The Department of Agriculture is also in charge of Region 2 (Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino) along with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in employment of the jobless for the repair of irrigation systems and farm-to-market roads, and guarding forests against poaching and illegal logging, and setting up the cultivation of organic fertilizer and agro-forestry projects for livelihood projects.

The DENR and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were placed in charge of implementing livelihood programs for agro-forestry and the Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program, and using the unemployed in forest work and other cash-for-work projects in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province).

For Tarlac and Pampanga, the Department of Education will set up small businesses for making herbal soap and hiring utility workers for maintenance of public schools.

Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane was placed in charge of Zambales, Aurora and Nueva Ecija to set up hollow blocks-making businesses and implementing the Out-Of-School Youth Serving Towards Economic Recovery (OYSTER).

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) was put in charge of Bulacan and Bataan to implement livelihood programs for fisherfolk, and implementing flood control programs. Microfinance for jeepney drivers and their families and employing stevedores for port operations will also be implemented in the region.

Socio-economic Planning Secretary Ralph Recto will be in charge of Batangas to implement SEA-K and OYSTER.

Trade Secretary Peter Favila will push for the One-Town-One Product (OTOP) and OYSTER programs in Laguna.

Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno will be in charge of setting up small businesses on the fabrication of construction materials, and cleaning of drainages as emergency employment program.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will also set up livelihood programs for the making of hollow blocks and implementing OYSTER.

Vice President Noli de Castro is in charge of Region 4B (Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, and Rizal) to also put up hollow blocks making businesses and tapping the jobless for public construction projects.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority and the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Energy, and the Transportation and Communication are in charge of the National Capital Region for various projects including OYSTER, recycling, and microfinance for poor families.

Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya will implement the construction of irrigation and farm-to-market roads in the Bicol region.

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez would oversee the Botika ng Barangay projects as well as employing the jobless for sanitation work in Iloilo.

For Region 7 (Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor), Finance Secretary Margarito Teves was assigned to put up small piggery businesses and push for the repair of irrigation systems, while Tourism Secretary Ace Durano would employ people for coastal watch duties.

Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said he would implement livelihood programs on livestock and also push for coastal watch duties for the unemployed.

The DOLE is also put in charge of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan for projects for the informal sector while the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) would implement similar initiatives for beneficiaries of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.

Chief Legal Counsel Jesus Dureza would implement the OTOP program and tap the jobless for coast watch duties in Davao provinces.

The DAR and the DWSD will also set up microfinance projects and initiate construction activities for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. (PIA 8) [top]

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