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PIA Press Release
2009/06/11

Five Aklan towns to benefit from DOST's CLEEP

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (11 June) -- Five Aklan towns are set to benefit from the Department of Science and Technology's financial assistance under its Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP), according to Jairus Lachica, Provincial Head of the DOST here.

Under the program, recipient municipalities could avail of assistance from the DOST. The DOST is implementing the program in coordination with the Aklan State University (ASU), which will provide the needed trainings and skills depending on the livelihood project each municipality is embarking on.

The role of the municipalities, on the other hand, is to provide the venue for the project a technology based processing center, which will house specific equipment and utensils needed based on the venture identified in a given town.

"We also need to have the full commitment of the mayors and the constituents for the project, to make it sustainable and successful", Lachica said.

Lachica said this is essential as the program is aimed to help alleviate poverty, and generate income and employment in the countryside in the face of the current global financial crisis everyone is experiencing.

Lachica said the DOST has earmarked P500,000 for this program in Aklan, coursed through ASU, the DOST's program partner, which has competent people to train and monitor the implementation of the program.

Beneficiaries for the program in the municipalities could either be individual or cooperatives.

"The program will be beneficial for Aklanons. We have vast resources here, mostly agriculture products. People might just lack skills, knowledge, initiatives and capital to start a business or a livelihood project. With this assistance, the people will have opportunity to make their lives better," Lachica said.

The DOST is just one of the country's major government agencies which has devised strategies to help generate income and employment through CLEEP. (PIA) [top]

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