DOLE, TESDA give P830-T livelihood grants, 151 scholarship coupons to Siquijor beneficiaries
By Rizalie Anding Calibo
Siquijor (17 June) -- Just as many other provinces in the country, Siquijor too is a beneficiary of livelihood and scholarship grants as the country celebrates the 111th Independence Day with a highlight on the country-wide "Kalayaan 2009 Mega Jobs Fair"
Provincial Officer of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) here, Ma. Theresa Tanquiamco said that the Larena Wood Makers Association recently received P600 T as livelihood grants while the Siquijor State College got 230T.
Spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment, Tanquaimco said, the the activity is part of the President's economic resiliency program where the beneficiaries are expected to land future jobs and boost their spending power.
Finance Secretary and Dumaguete City native Gary Teves personally handed over the checks to the beneficiaries during the Kalayaan 2009 Mega Job and Livelihood fair in Dumaguete City on June 12.
President Gloria Scholarship Coupons (PGSC) for technical vocational courses were also given to 151 beneficiaries from Siquijor province, Tanquaimco said.
The scholarship coupons allow job seekers some more job skill competencies through the TESDA trainings.
While Siquijor was not part of the 19 cities nationwide where the "Kalayaan 2009 Mega Job Fair" was simultaneously held, beneficiaries were sent to Dumaguete City to receive the aid.
Hundreds of Negrenses from the most vulnerable sectors of society were also granted employment contracts and livelihood grants 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) [top]