CLEEP employees enjoy benefits
By Ninfa B Quirante
Catbalogan, Samar (June 26) -- The Comprehensive Livelihood Employment Emergency Program (CLEEP) has started to benefit some five beneficiaries of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Samar.
Cherry Yboa, Mike Rigor Patiga and Marisol Ramos are just three of those hired in May for a six-month contractual work.
Today, as the trio manned DTI's Diskwento Sale at the Imelda Park in Catbalogan, they narrated their stories.
Mike is a fresh graduate of St. Mary's College of Catbalogan (SMCC) from BSC Accounting, but his father, a bus driver, although supported him through college did not assure him funds for a review class in Accountancy.
He heard of the CLEEP from a former classmate who was trying to apply for the job, joined other former classmates from the school, took the written test and passed.
Mike is now in charge of price monitoring in the different grocery stores, supermarkets and hardware stores in Samar 's capital town.
More than the financial benefits, Mike said the experience that DTI gave his batch of CLEEP employees is invaluable. DTI has given him the experience that he will use once he gets employment somewhere else.
Mirasol meanwhile said that her salary (minimum) is helping her husband provide for their growing family.
She said she does not have to ask her husband funds for her personal and their baby's needs like diapers and vitamins.
The two, Mike and Mirasol are thankful to the DTI family for the trust that the CLEEP employees can deliver the job requirements earlier required of regular employees.
CLEEP is President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's contribution to the economic resiliency plan of the government during this global economic crisis. (PIA-Samar) [top]