Emergency employment and livelihood assistance as bridging mechanisms have given jobs and new livelihood sources to some 375,000 unemployed, displaced, and other vulnerable workers since President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo initiated the implementation of the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP) early this year, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today said.
Roque said the program is the administration's nationwide effort intended to protect the country's most vulnerable sectors from threats and consequences of reduced or lost income as a result of the global crisis.
He said the President has assigned all Cabinet members to act as stewards tasked to ensure and oversee the implementation of identified CLEEP projects in particular regions. He added that with the DOLE as lead agency, the government has so far allocated more than P13 billion for CLEEP investments in public works and enterprise development projects that have employed and given livelihood to the beneficiaries.
Sec. Roque also stressed that CLEEP as a bridging employment program provides the beneficiaries not only income sources but also the skills and necessary experience they need in order to compete in the job market.
The jobs created under the CLEEP, he added, also helped improve the country's infrastructure, stimulate private investments, push the growth of rural enterprise, and boost public health care and food security.