2012 gov’t infra and non-infra projects hit 1.44-M jobs

February 13, 2013 10:17 pm 

By Azer Parrocha

MANILA, Feb. 13 — A total 1.44 million jobs were created in 2012 from the converged efforts of different government agencies, according to the Dept. of Labor and Employment Tuesday.

The 2012 figure will increase as final report will be released by end of the first quarter of 2013.

These jobs were created under DOLE’s Community-Based Employment Program (CBEP).

According to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, the CBEP provides employment to skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled workers in the community where a public work program is being undertaken, whether infrastructure or non-infrastructure.

“These jobs did not only provide the workers income, but has also energized the development of local communities around the country,” Baldoz said.

Based on preliminary reports for 2012, the CBEP generated 1.44 million actual jobs in projects implemented by 24 government agencies. Of this number, 661,084 jobs were created from infrastructure projects, while 777, 579 jobs were from non-infrastructure projects.

“The partial 2012 CBEP accomplishment exceeded the 2011 record of 1.24 million jobs out of the CBEP-enrolled programs and projects,” Baldoz said.

Under the CBEP, jobs are generated from infrastructure projects of the government, or Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) at the local community, such as the construction of roads, bridges, flood control structures, school buildings, and water systems, among others.

Jobs are also created from non-infrastructure projects, such as reforestation, coastal resource management, livelihood and self employment programs, or from the emergency response, income-support programs that create short-term wage employment or self-employment in distressed/remote areas.

For the effective implementation of CBEP projects, the DOLE and the National Development and Economic Authority (NEDA) developed a database of CBEP beneficiaries, programs/project implementation and monitoring, fund allocation and utilization for better analysis, targeting, and decision making.

Baldoz expressed confidence that the year-round CBEP in 2013 shall bring about more community-based jobs which shall engage communities in the grassroots towards their own development.

“This is another year to make the convergent efforts of government agencies be felt by more workers, especially those in the countryside. Through CBEP, we aim to help more workers earn decent incomes,” Baldoz said.

The 24 participating agencies are the Departments of Agrarian Reform (DAR), Agriculture (DA), Education (DepEd), Foreign Affairs (DFA), Energy (DOE), Environment and Natural Resources (DENR);

Health (DOH), Labor and Employment (DOLE), Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Trade and Industry (DTI);

Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Tourism (DOT); Intramuros Administration (IA); Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA); Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA);

Office Transportation Security; Philippine National Railways (PNR); Philippine Ports Authority (PPA); Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO); Landbank of the Philippines (LBP);

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA); National Housing Authority (NHA), National Youth Commission (NYC). (PNA)

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