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Gov't offices urged to lead in job generation

Manila (10 March) -- Government agencies will be opening doors to the unemployed.

Under Executive Order No. 782, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered offices to temporarily fill up vacant plantilla positions with workers who were affected by global financial crunch.

She exhorted government offices to show leadership in motivating other sectors to contribute in job generating activities.

To support the hiring of displaced workers and their dependents, government agencies will have to allocate one and half percent of their budget for their operating expenses.

The President also approved the hiring of temporary workers in agencies whose rationalizing plans are still pending at the Department of Budget and Management.

Likewise, the agencies must encourage private companies under their supervision to hire new employees even in temporary and short term basis.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) reported previously that some agencies have committed to implement high impact projects such as construction of farm to market roads, repair of irrigations, road overlays, etc. that would create employment.

These agencies include the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Transportation and Communications and the Department of Educations.

Meanwhile, government increased investments in emergency employment program.

The fund for the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) has reached to Php 10-billion from the previous Php 9-billion.

CLEEP, a program which is part of government's Economic Resiliency Plan, was responsible for giving employment to more than 64,000 workers and 580 households since January and estimated to generate more than 824,000 jobs.

Projects running under CLEEP include infrastructure maintenance, rehabilitation of hospital facilities, micro-enterprise development as well as job opportunities in environmental protection.

Anti-corruption reforms improve government services.

Reforms in government services have strengthened the Arroyo administration's drive against corruption.

In his weekly column, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said records would show that government is not tolerating hoodlums in the service.

Since 2001, some 121 high-ranking government officials have been penalized: 71 dismissed, 23 suspended, seven reprimanded, and 20 got accessory penalties.

These anti-corruption measures include the Run After Tax Evaders (RATE) program; the Run After the Smugglers (RATS) program; the Lifestyle Check program; the establishment of the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Task Force (PASTF); the Integrity Development Review; the government's Electronic Procurement System; the Pro-Performance System; the Contractors Performance Evaluation; and the Electronic New Government Accounting System.

Remonde also mentioned the Philippines Business Registry Project (PBRP), the Electronic Sanitary and Phytosanitary Certification System (ESPCS) at the Department of Agriculture and the One-Stop Shop Centers (OSSC) which rationalize processes and discourage opportunities for corruption at the same time. (PIA) [top]

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