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 1,717,207 disadvantaged persons, including disaster victims, across the country’s 17 regions in terms of short-term jobs as of 10 December 2013.

“This is an initial rounded-up figure. More data on CBEP jobs generated during the year are expected from the government agencies under the program, so the final 2013 figure will be higher. We hope to surpass the 2,324,311 actual jobs generated under the CBEP in 2012,” said Baldoz.

As of 10 December 2013, the 1,717,207 CBEP-based infrastructure and non-infrastructure jobs generated jointly by government agencies are enumerated as follows: Department of Agrarian Reform (6,838); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (43,896); Department of Labor and Employment (212,388);  Department of Public Works and Highways (144,216);  Department of Social Welfare and Development (204,987); Department of Tourism (347); Department of Trade and Industry (1,466); Department of Transportation and Communication (1,044); Clark Development Corporation (402); Commission on Filipinos Overseas (103); and National Housing Authority (1,101,492).

Other agencies expected to report more CBEP jobs generated are the Departments of Agriculture; Education; Tourism; Foreign Affairs; Energy; and Health; 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; Commission on Filipinos Overseas; Landbank of the Philippines; Metropolitan Manila Development Authority; and National Youth Commission.

The preliminary 1,717,207 jobs generated as of 10 December 2013 consist of (a) 75.2 percent or 1,290,814 infrastructure jobs; and (b) 24.8 percent or 426,393 non-infrastructure jobs. The regional CBEP breakdown is as follows:

National Capital Region (NCR), 25,630 jobs generated (5,190 infrastructure, and 20,440 non-infrastructure);  Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 24,283 (6,328 infrastructure, 17,955 non-infrastructure);  Region I, 83,112 (67,354 infrastructure, 15,758 non-infrastructure);  Region II, 69,569 (53,248 infrastructure, 16,321 non-infrastructure);  Region III, 453,982 (418,010 infrastructure, 35,972 non-infrastructure);  Region IV-A, 335,656 (308,704 infrastructure, 26,952 non-infrastructure); Region IV-B, 29,878 (7,868 infrastructure, 22,010 non-infrastructure); Region V, 62,545 (40,120 infrastructure, 22,425 non-infrastructure);

Region VI, 102,165 (80,762 infrastructure, 21,403 non-infrastructure); Region VII, 58,054 (18,878 infrastructure, 39,176 non-infrastructure);  Region VIII, 42,009 (26,471 infrastructure, 15,538 non-infrastructure);  Region IX, 108,633 (77,152 infrastructure, 31,481 non-infrastructure);  Region X,117,514 (55,922 infrastructure, 61,592 non-infrastructure);  Region XI, 66,555 (51,274 infrastructure, 15,281 non-infrastructure);  Region XII, 41,385 (25,235 infrastructure, 16,150 non-infrastructure); CARAGA, 64,317 (16,667 infrastructure, 47,650 non-infrastructure); and ARMM, 31,073 (all infrastructure jobs).

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 Community-Based Employment Program is an effective avenue by which all major agencies of the Philippine government could respond, and in effect, help disadvantaged people stand back 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.

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