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CLEEP spotlights 111th Philippine Indpendence anniversary

Iloilo City (11 June) -- The nationwide Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) will be formally launched on June 12 to mark the commemoration of the 111th Philippine Independence day celebration.

The Malacanang press report disclosed that the government will focus on employment and jobs generation dubbed Mega Jobs and Livelihood Fair with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo switching on the electronic billboard showing the jobs available here and abroad.

The CLEEP -- the administration's nationwide effort intended to protect the country's most vulnerable sectors, such as the poor, returning expatriates, workers in the export industry and out-of-school youths from threats and consequences of reduced or lost income as a consequence of the global economic crisis by providing emergency employment and funding and supervising livelihood projects -- targets to create 220,000 jobs.

It is aimed at achieving two crucial objectives, namely, to build the capacities of Filipino workers and afford them the skills they need to compete in tougher job markets; and to create as many jobs as possible in the least possible amount of time for the poor through investments in public works and enterprise development.

As jobs generation is the main thrust of the CLEEP, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is the lead agency in the fulfillment of this endeavor. Nonetheless, other line departments and agencies have the jobs generation event in their agenda.

These jobs created under the CLEEP will help improve the country’s infrastructure, push the growth of rural enterprises, improve public health care and food security, and stimulate private investments.

About 30,000 emergency jobs nationwide will also be provided to displaced and other unemployed workers under the President’s CLEEP, while the private sector will open up some 70,000 jobs on June 13, the second day of the three-day event.

Jobs overseas will cap the big event, where 50,000 sea-based and land-based jobs, mostly in services and sales industry and skilled sector, will be available. Half of the job orders will be from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Hong Kong, Russia and Bahrain, the Malacanang press report disclosed.

For Western Visayas, some P9.46 million worth of projects will be awarded to 2, 556 beneficiaries said Ms. Salome Siaton, chief, technical support services division of DOLE 6 during the PIA-CATV program.

Other activities include, among others, Jobs Fair, product display, diskwento, one-stop shop processing center for employment services, skills demonstration of TESDA, legal services from various government agencies, and cultural presentation by the DOT dubbed "Alay Sa Kalayaan".(PIA6/T. Villavert) [top]

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