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PIA Press Release
2009/06/10

111th Independence Day to focus on economic resiliency program of gov't

by Lovely Laudette Gamba

Butuan City (10 June) -- The 111th Independence Day celebration dubbed as "Kalayaan 2009" with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as the lead agency will focus on the economic resiliency program of the government. Director Chona Mantilla of the DOLE-Caraga revealed this during the press conference today (June 10) at the DOLE-Caraga conference room.

This year's celebration will be highlighted by the awarding of employment contracts, livelihood funding checks and training vouchers under the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

"More than the usual flag-raising, this year's celebration of the independence day will focus on the awarding of employment contracts, livelihood funding checks and training vouchers. We will also have a job, trade and livelihood fair. These are all part of the economic resiliency program of the government," says Director Chona Mantilla of DOLE.

The celebration will center on alleviating the impact of the global financial crisis. It will be a venue to respond to the needs of the time by bringing government service closer to the public.

"By showcasing, government services during the Independence Day celebration that goes to say that the government is serious in serving the public and could well do that," explains Mayette Lumawag, the Officer-in-Charge of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

The job fair aims to lessen the impact of the global financial crisis to the Caraganons. It aims to assist displaced workers, the unemployed and underemployed. A livelihood fair will also be included during the celebration to assist the entrepreneurs of Caraga.

"Caraga has not been badly hit by the global financial crisis because of the presence of the large number of informal sector in the region. We have plenty of entrepreneurs and we have the livelihood fair for them," explains Director Chona Mantilla.

This year's theme is, "Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan: Tungo sa Tunay na Kalayaan. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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