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CLEEP realization highlights Zambo City's 111th Independence Day celebration

By Jocelyn P. Alvarez

Zamboanga City (12 June) -- Truly it was a celebration of independence, not from gun battle but from the bondage of poverty and unemployment.

As emphasized by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to implement the Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) to counter the global economic crisis , various line agencies of the government has awarded and distributed emergency employment contracts; livelihood funding checks/certificates; training vouchers and scholarship grants to concerned beneficiaries during this morning's independence day program held at the city's Summit Center.

No less that Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita lead the awarding of the fallowing: 8 emergency employment contracts (EEC) from the Department of Agriculture with a total of P192,000 funding support for the purpose; from DAR-21 emergency employment contracts for the IT personnel and utility workers to be deployed at the Regional DAR office with Php 2,655,096.00 fund allocation; from DENR-2,025 EEC amounting to Php 29,013,170 for the "Bantay Kalikasan" extension workers/officers. DENR also awarded some 1,369 livelihood funding checks/certificates amounting to Php 27,000,000.00 with 1,369 beneficiaries for the Upland Development Program in Zamboanga City.

DOH awarded 36 livelihood funding checks /certificates amounting to P379,440 for the 360 beneficiaries; DOST awarded 10 EEC and 6 livelihood funding checks/certificates amounting to P300,000 for the technology transfer training and livelihood package; DTI for its part awarded 30 EEC for the price monitor team and financial analyst with Php 3,326,000 fund allocation; DPWH with 17 EEC from the 1.5% MOOE amounting to P211,000 for the utility workers and laborers and under CLEEP , 1,045 laborers amounting to P61, 410,888 covering the whole year employment contract.

DSWD awarded 16 livelihood funding check/certificates amounting to Php160,000 for the 16 beneficiaries under the "Reintegration Program for Deportees and undocumented OFWs" ; 67 scholarship grants were awarded to beneficiaries under the "One Town-One Scholar” program of CHED with Php 8M fund allocation. OWWA with 32 livelihood funding checks amounting to P1,600,000 for 32 beneficiaries; POEA with 3 EEC for OFW displaced workers/qualified dependent; TESDA awarded 26 EEC amounting to P792,000 and some 545 training vouchers for training/scholarship grants for the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship Program amounting to P2.5M.

DOLE for its part awarded 282 EEC to include the NARS program with P13,356,480 fund allocation. The NARS (Nurse Assigned at the Rural Service) program has 271 beneficiaries. 16 livelihood funding checks/certificates were also awarded to 16 livelihood projects for the entire region amounting to P4,063,026 with 787 beneficiaries.

Part of the 111th Philippine Independence Day celebration is the conduct of a whole day job fair at the summit center of Universidad De Zamboanga where 13, 121 overseas employment and more than 600 local employment were offered to job seekers.

Earlier, E.S Ermita with Mayor Celso Lobregat lead the flag raising and wreath laying ceremony held at Plaza Rizal, in front of City Hall 8:00 this morning. Ceremonial slicing of the gigantic Independence Day cake fallowed immediately after the wreath laying.

"This is the most colorful Philippine Independence flag raising ceremony I have ever attended in my 56 years in government service” Ermita happily said.

This 111th Philippine Independence Day activity is so far the grandest Independence day undertaking in the history of Zamboanga as far as Independence day celebration is concerned. (PIA ZC) [top]

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