OPAMIN registers 18,878 jobs in CLEEP program in Southern Mindanao

September 28, 2009 11:13 pm 

BUTUAN CITY, Sept. 29 –- The Office of the Presidential Assistant for Mindanao (OPAMIN) registered at least 18,878 jobs collated by the National Anti-Poverty Council in Southern Mindanao.

The job generation is in line with the government’s Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP), said OPAMIN Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro.

Montenegro said figures collated by the National Anti-Poverty Council, the total jobs generated in the CLEEP for the region was increasing.

The target was to generate around 26,000 jobs in the region.

This amounts to achieving about 84 percent of the target. The national average is pegged at 66 percent.

Nationwide, about 460,280 jobs were targeted as of August 31.

In funding allocation, about Php 13 billion was earmarked for the nationwide CLEEP project, of which 54 percent was utilized.

In Southern Mindanao alone, about Php534.78 million was allocated for CLEEP, of which Php 327 million was utilized which amounted to a utilization rate of 74 percent.

Several government agencies in the region have took part in implementing the CLEEP.

The Department of Agriculture has utilized it to build farm-to-market roads, swine raising and food production ventures.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has its Bantay-Gubat and Upland Development Program, the Department of Public Works and Highways has its roadside maintenance, the Agrarian Reform Department has micro-financing for Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries and the Department of Social Welfare and Development has its Self Employment Assistance program or SEA-K.

Meanwhile, through the CLEEP program, more than 5,000 jobs were also generated with at least 15,000 households benefiting from the establishment of various hard infrastructure projects, including organic farming ventures through the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region).

Based on data from year 2008 to the present, Caraga region is also so fortunate to be a recipient of various infrastructure projects which greatly contribute in generating jobs for the rural folks like the construction and repair of farm-to-market roads (FMR), flat bed dryers (FBDs) and irrigations, DA report said.

Some of the said infrastructure projects were already completed while the others are on going and are implemented in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Province of Dinagat Islands, and the cities of Butuan, Surigao and Bislig City. (PNA) LDV/MUC/mec

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