Hundreds benefit from CLEEP program in Negros Oriental
By Rachelle M. Nessia
Dumaguete City (12 June) -- Hundreds of Negrenses from the most vulnerable sectors of society were granted employment contracts and livelihood grants today (June 12) during the 111th Independence Day rites held at the Quezon Park, Dumaguete City.
Finance Secretary and Dumaguete City native Gary Teves personally handed over checks amounting to more than P5 million as livelihood grants to individual and non-government association beneficiaries from various sectors in the community under the government's Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP).
Local workers hired under the CLEEP program reached more than 200 while around 40 beneficiaries received livelihood grants.
Local government agencies that implemented the CLEEP program include the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP).
Sec. Teves turned over two checks each worth P150,00 to two farmers associations in the seaweed and agro-forestry industry from Bais City that were affected by the recent flood that hit Negros Oriental.
The finance secretary also gave a check worth P150,000 to local beneficiaries of the Philippine Postal Service's micro-financing program.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the province likewise awarded 15 deserving students from Negros Oriental and three from Siquijor province with scholarship grants for this year.
CLEEP was established by the Arroyo administration 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. (PIA/RMN) [top]