Update Report on 2013 CBEP
2.098 million unskilled and semi-skilled workers hired under DOLE-monitored CBEP

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the convergent Community-Based Employment Program (CBEP), which the DOLE is tasked to monitor, had benefited 2,098,815 skilled, semi-skilled, and low-skilled workers, including disaster survivors, across the country’s 17 regions in terms of short-term jobs in 2013.

“This data is as of 10 February 2014,” said Baldoz, explaining that the number of jobs in the past year exceeded by 33 percent the CBEP jobs target of 1,583,793 jobs.

Baldoz said 64 percent, or 1,344,670 of the total number of jobs were generated through the implementation of infrastructure projects, while 36 percent, or 754,145 jobs were generated by non-infrastructure projects.

“The government agencies involved in the CBEP spent a total of P110.179 billion for all the projects that generated these jobs,” said Baldoz.

By agency, the job generation accomplishments are as follows: National Housing Authority, 1,101,492 jobs; Department of Agriculture, 364,730; Department of Social Welfare and Development, 221,865; Department of Labor and Employment, 212,388; Department of Public Works and Highways, 144,216; Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 43,896; Department of Agrarian Reform, 6,838; Department of Trade and Industry, 1,466; Department of Transportation and Communication, 1,044; Clark Development Corporation, 402; Department of Tourism, 347; Commission on Filipinos Overseas, 80; and Department of Foreign Affairs, 28.

Other agencies which have projects that generate jobs but have not reported are the Departments of Education; Energy; and Health, and agencies including the People’s Credit and Finance Corporation; Intramuros Administration; Philippine Enterprise Zone Authority; Light Rail Transit Authority; Office Transportation Security; Philippine National Railways; Philippine Ports Authority; Landbank of the Philippines; Metropolitan Manila Development Authority; and National Youth Commission.

By region, Region 3 posted the highest number of jobs generated, with 454,754 jobs, followed by Region 4-A, 336,732 jobs; and then Region 10, with 118,810 jobs generated.

The DOLE, as chairman of the CBEP Steering Committee, leads in coordinating and monitoring jobs generated by various agencies with enrolled infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects under CBEP through the CBEP Online Monitoring and Reporting System.

“The convergent, inter-agency CBEP is an effective modality by which all major agencies of the Philippine government could respond, and in effect, help our countrymen find decent employment and stand on their own feet,” said Baldoz.

Begun in 2011, the CBEP is a priority convergence programs aimed to contribute to the national goal of inclusive growth, poverty reduction, and job creation, particularly in the countryside, or the local community.

The CBEP is consistent with the overarching goal enunciated by President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his 22-point labor and employment agenda, to “invest in our country’s top resource, our human resource, to make us more competitive and employable while promoting industrial peace based on social justice,” by working “with relevant government agencies in enhancing social protection programs . . . while strengthening the Emergency Community Employment Program (ECEP) to create jobs immediately so people can still have income to spend for their basic needs.”

The CBEP has three components, namely: (a) Infrastructure projects that generate jobs through the construction of roads, bridges, flood control structures, school buildings, and water systems;  (b) non-infrastructure projects covering social infrastructure like reforestation, coastal resource management, livelihood and self-employment undertakings/projects; and (c) emergency employment projects or income support endeavors that create short-term wage employment or self-employment in distressed/remote areas, especially those affected by calamities/contingencies.

Prior to 2011, the CBEP has been implemented two decades back, although it was called in many names, e.g., Emergency Community Employment Program, Community Employment and Development Program, Kabuhayan 2000, Rural Works Program, and Emergency Employment Program.

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