Over 12,000 Northern Mindanao folks benefit from June 12 awarding of CLEEP contracts
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
Cagayan de Oro City (12 June) -- A total of 12,617 individuals from Northern Mindanao benefitted from the June 12, 2009 awarding of scholarships and employment contracts initiated by the government as a way of celebrating this year's Philippine Independence Day, at the Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol Ground, this city.
Of this figure, 1,915 were awarded the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship for skills training from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and college education from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
Also awarded checks amounting to Php51.226 million were 4,266 beneficiaries for the livelihood program in the local government units (LGU) which were received by their respective Chief Local Executives (LCE) implementing the Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP).
"The awarding of the employment contracts and livelihood checks, however, is only one of the activities of this year's observance of the 111th Philippine Independence Day," said Secretary Romulo Neri, Social Security System (SSS) President and Chief Executive Officer who is the designated CLEEP Steward for Region 10.
Upon the directive of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and in keeping with the need of the times as part of the solution to the global financial crisis, the government has thought of holding the activity, instead of the usual parade of floats on June 12, with the theme "Kagitingan, Kagalingan at Kasipagan: Tungo sa Maunlad na Kabuhayan, (Heroism, Excellence and Industriousness: Towards a Progressive Livelihood)."
Meanwhile, the following agencies had released the following amount of checks for the livelihood of concerned beneficiaries of the CLEEP: Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), 1,838 checks amounting to Php38.118 million for 1,838 beneficiaries and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), 10 checks amounting to Php4.295 million for 890 beneficiaries.
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), 39 checks amounting to Php1.95 million for 39 beneficiaries, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), seven (7) checks amounting to Php775,000 for 155 beneficiaries and Department of Science and Technology (DOST), two (2) checks amounting to Php300,000 for 200 beneficiaries.
On the other hand, more than 6,000 emergency employment contracts were awarded by the following: Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Agriculture (DA), Philippine National Police (PNP), Philippine Army (PA) and 35 LGU's of the region. (PIA-10) [top]