Monday, August 11, 2008


Roxas City -- The government is set to create more employment
opportunities for nearly 1 million Filipinos.

The National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) revealed that close to 1
million unskilled workers, farmers and unemployed laborers can expect
new jobs and better livelihood opportunities this year.

NAPC Secretary Domingo Panganiban, in an online news, said that
President Arroyo's administration plans to increase its employment
generation programs this year to reduce hunger and unemployment among

He said that the government aims to generate more than 860,000 new
jobs for poor and hungry folk through the expansion of its micro
finance services, skills training and coconut intercropping programs
in more than 50 priority provinces and the National Capital Region (NCR).

"We will concentrate the bulk of our jobs and livelihood generation
programs in areas that have the highest levels of hunger and poverty,"
Panganiban said.

He added that the government expected its microfinance and
Self-Employment Assistance-Kaunlaran (SEA-K) programs alone to produce
some 430,000 jobs for the poor by the end of 2008.

In addition, some 332,505 underprivileged folk will be afforded better
livelihood opportunities through the skills and vocational training
programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority
(TESDA) and various other community-based training programs, he said.

Additional livelihood and income for a targeted 67,023 coconut farmers
will be provided through the coconut intercropping program of the
Department of Agriculture (DA) while 37,583 workers will be hired for
public irrigation and roadside maintenance projects.

A report from the National Nutrition Council shows that microfinance
services and rural infrastructure projects under the government's
anti-hunger campaign have already yielded new jobs for around 881,000

The same report says that Apayao, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Masbate,
Camarines Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Lanao del
Norte, Sarangani, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Maguindanao,
Surigao del Sur, Tawi-tawi, Northern Samar and the NCR have been
accorded first priority under the government's anti-hunger program. (PIA)

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