Sunday, 8 November 2009

Over 350,000 land jobs under gov't emergency employment plans

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has created 357,486 jobs under three emergency employment programs meant to cushion the impact on displaced workers of the global financial crisis.

In his report to the President, Secretary Domingo Panganiban of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) said that as of Sept. 25, a total of 328,262 people landed jobs under the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP).

The figure represented 70.45 percent of the targeted 465,945 workers nationwide.

As of Sept. 17 this year, another 15,158 young men and women were recruited under the Youth National Service program. The recruits, aged 18 to 24, work for two years with modest pay.

The Philippine National Police registered the highest recruitment at 5,293, followed by the Department of Public Works and Highways with 4,495, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with 4,390, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development with 850.

Meanwhile, displaced workers and their dependents, who have availed of temporary jobs in government, totaled 14,066 as of July 30.

"In crisis situations, government intervention to extend relief to the people, particularly those most vulnerable to hostile economic forces, can never be overemphasized," Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said, citing the NAPC report.

Remonde pointed out the three major job generation programs instituted by the President were extremely relevant, considering that a number of multinationals in the country down-sized under the pressure of the global economic meltdown. (PND)

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