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PIA Press Release
2009/06/15

CLEEP gives poor townsfolk jobs, Samar dad claims

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan, Samar (June 15) -- Mayor Alex Abarratigue of Hinabangan, Samar claims and thanks the Comprehensive Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) to have given jobs to his constituents these days.

Speaking in a mixture of English, Filipino and native Waray-waray in his first State of the Municipality Address (SOMA) today, June 16, 2009, Abarratigue profusely thanked the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for providing jobs for his townsfolk.

These townsfolk, the mayor said were given jobs to clean the rivers in Hinabangan.

"So we hit two birds with one stone, nakapagbigay na tayo ng trabaho sa ating mga kababayan, nakapaghatid pa tayo ng kalinisan sa ating kalikasan." (trans: We did not only gave jobs to our people but cleaned the environment as well.)

He added that the National Household Targetting Survey (NHTS) was also part of the CLEEP pushed by President Gloria Macapagal -Arroyo and that the same program has generated jobs for enumerators and supervisors from this farming community of Hinabangan.

The result of the survey, the mayor mentioned may usher Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps for Hinabangan.

Emulating the emergency program of the national government, the LGU also hired Hinabangnons for casual employment, though he did not specify as to how many got the job, he mentioned that those employed were assigned to the different departments and even barangays.

This measure, along with his provision for 150 summer jobs for students, he said is his contribution to the global financial crisis.

The mayor also mentioned adding more slots for Tindahan Natin and Botika ng Barangay, two national government programs that provide additional income to poor rural folks.

He also mentioned that his administration has provided additional honorarium for his 210 barangay tanods and 100 Barangay Health workers (BHWs).

This, Norma Uy, Municipal Federation President of BHWs confirmed, along with another BHW Teresa Plaitno of Barangay Rawis.

Hinabangan, an agricultural municipality is presently struggling with dwindling farm produce due to massive kaingin and infertile soil.

The local chief executive vowed to pull strings that will somehow reverse the situation and bring back the old times, Hinabangan's heydays, when he said, the biggest and most succulent vegetables being supplied to the whole of Eastern Visayas originate from Hinabangan, Samar. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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