CLEEP responds to emergency needs of Cagayanos
by Oliver T. Baccay
Tuguegarao City (22 June) -- The Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) became a major component of the broader government response in mitigating the impact of the financial crisis billed as the economic resiliency plan of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
On the continuous implementation of the CLEEP, thousands of Cagayanos in Region 2 have benefited from the program specifically in providing emergency jobs to unemployed and sustainable livelihood to some groups and individual.
In the monitoring report of the Regional KALAHI Convergence Group (RKCG), 9 CLEEP implementing regional agencies have already gone so far in the implementation of their programs and projects that are anchored to CLEEP's objectives.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) was able to generate 503 jobs that employed 1,509 individuals in the implementation of the Kalsada Natin Alagaan Natin (KANAN) program.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has generated 197 jobs that paved way to the employment of 171 individuals through the implementation of the Integrated Services for Livelihood Employment of Fisherfolks (ISLA) program. DOLE further provided jobs to 558 individuals in the implementation of the Tulay Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantage workers (TUPAD) program.
Targeting two birds in one stone, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has assured the protection of the forest and helping unemployed individuals by employing 815 Bantay Gubat (forest guards) in the protected forest areas of the region. DENR also hired 573 personnel who are conducting the pre-development activities in the Upland Development Program.
The Department of Agrarian reform (DAR) has identified 4 cooperatives and trained 2 coops for the implementation of the Credit Assistance for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries program. The cooperatives have 741 agrarian reform beneficiaries.
In addition, about 105 individuals were employed in the implementation of Cash for Work for Core Shelter Assistance project of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the program served 372 populace. Furthermore, DSWD generated 271 jobs in the augmentation support to volunteers,
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) is perhaps the biggest contributory agency to the CLEEP program by employing about 3, 633 individuals in the 2,906 jobs generated in the repair of the irrigated Riceland in the region.
The Department of Agriculture (DA) has targeted a number of beneficiaries of different programs, but as of now, only 56 composting facilities were awarded. The other projects such as swine and goat dispersal, farm to market road projects, and organic fertilizer production are on its process of implementation but the status report is yet to be submitted.
The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) was able to generate 27 jobs for 'Bantay Dagats' for the enforcement of fishery law on protected areas.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) was able to generate and contribute 25 job employments for the food processing and furniture making project.
DSWD Regional Director Arnel Garcia, RKCG- Chair, said the committee will continue to monitor and validate the implementation of the CLEEP to ensure that the programs and projects anchored to it will likely go to its target beneficiaries, the disadvantaged and marginalized sector of the society. (PIA 2)
1st TESDA-accredited LGU-run skills training center established in Cagayan
Tuguegarao City (22 June) -- Through the initiiative of Congressman Manuel Mamba and Technical Skills Development Authority Provincial Director, Belinda A. Labutong, the Itawes Skills Training Center in Naruangan, Tuao, Cagayan, considered as the first TESDA-Accredited Local Government Unit (LGU) run skills training center was established in this province.
The training center aims to cater to the skills development requirements of the constituents of the municipality of Tuao and the nearby municipalities of the 3rd district of Cagayan.
To provide quality skills training to prospective trainees, the center is equipped with the necessary facilities, equipment and supplies/materials based on the approved Training Regulations per qualification for the competency-based program delivery system.
For its pilot operation, three (3) programs or qualifications were launched this March-May 2009, namely: Household Services NC II; Food & Beverage Services NC II; and Housekeeping NC II. These qualifications were registered under the Unified TVET Program Registration and Accreditation System (UTPRAS) of TESDA and on the basis that these programs are responsive to the demands of the Tourism sector not only in the local but foreign labor market as well.
A total of fifty six (56) out of school youth and unemployed adults were trained under the first batch of free training at the said center. To complete the employment facilitation for the said beneficiaries, competency assessment was also conducted for them under the Free Assessment Service of TESDA by accredited competency assessors. Almost all the graduates of the three (3) programs were rated competent during the assessment.
The Center is managed and operated by the LGU of Tuao headed by Mayor William N. Mamba and supervised by its Center Administrator Mr. Romulo Serafica. The subsidy for the Center's operation is drawn from Congressman Mamba's Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and a counterpart from LGU-Tuao Local Development Fund.
At present, additional programs like Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) NC II and Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) NC II are proposed and developed by the Center to address the training requirements of the construction and metals & engineering sectors in the province. (PIA/TESDA Cagayan) [top]