Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Philippines closely monitoring emergency employment program


Manila (PND) - President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed Cabinet officials to strictly monitor the implementation of the government’s emergency employment program particularly in Region IV and Bicol to immediately provide employment to Filipino workers affected by the global economic slump.

In a media briefing this afternoon in Malacanang, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde and Cabinet Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the job monitoring was focused particularly on Regions IV-A and IV-B, and the Bicol region which have been affected by a high rate of job displacements amid the
global economic crisis.

Economic zones in Laguna and Cavite employ thousands of Filipino workers.

“In two weeks time, the Cabinet officials will be monitoring the implementation of all pending projects especially the CLEEP or the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program of government,” Bello said.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has instructed all government departments to set aside 1.5 percent of their monthly operating expenses (MOE) to fund livelihood and employment projects under CLEEP.

Remonde said the 1.5 percent savings to be generated would reach a total of P7 billion a year, enough to finance 180,000 emergency employment for local workers.

Bello said National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) Secretary Domingo Panganiban has reported that the implementation of CLEEP has generated emergency employment for 75,000 workers.

Bello added that job prospects are getting brighter, citing a report of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that more than 12,000 of the 30,000 workers displaced as a result of the global financial meltdown have already been rehired.

Bello said more workers will find employment as the Department of Public Worlks and Highways (DPWH) has been directed to create an additional 500,000 jobs to help the poor and spur the economy in light of the persisting global economic crisis.

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