Malacañang brings jobs, livelihood programs to Pangasinan

May 20, 2009 at 3:08 am Leave a comment


ASINGAN — Malacañang brought jobs and rolled out microfinance and livelihood opportunities in Pangasinan last May 15 for Eastern Pangasinan in an effort to mitigate the impact of the global economic crisis.

Secretary Hermogenes Esperon, Jr. of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) led a civic action project at the Francisco Sports Complex in Asingan, Pangasinan, where he hails from.

According to Esperon, the civic action showcased government programs offering livelihood, employment and application assistance, and an information campaign on government efforts to mitigate the effects of the global economic crisis.

He said that the members of the Arroyo cabinet are going around the country organizing forums and programs on government efforts to respond to the crisis.

Esperon said that the government remains upbeat in intensifying its job and livelihood programs even as the President announced that the worst of the world economic crisis is over.

“The worst may be over. But we will continue to curb the effects of the crisis and accelerate our recovery from the economic slump,” he said.

“Among our principal concerns is saving and creating more jobs, especially those affected by the economic crisis and those in the countryside,” he added.

The local government of Asingan, through the leadership of mayor Carlos P. Lopez Sr., hosted the affair.

Esperon said that the various employment and livelihood opportunities – local and abroad – were meant to serve the interest of the people of Pangasinan.

DSWD, DOLE, TESDA, DTI-Pangasinan, People’s Credit and Finance Corporation, Technology Resource Center and Cooperative Development Authority with representatives from the province were also on hand tol offer various services and programs that center on livelihood and microfinance.

Esperon said that the government’s existing livelihood programs and microfinance lending facilities provide low interest rates and uncollateralized loans to borrowers, especially the poor, who would want to start a livelihood project or expand and existing one, and beef up their income.

A jobs fair was also be held at the Narciso E. Ramos Elementary School in coordination with the POEA and DOLE. The event was participated in by recruitment agencies such as Al-Almia International, Phil-Quest International, Jones International and France-Asia and Companies People 2 Outsource (Metro Manila), St, Joseph Drugstore (Dagupan City), Hanjin Industries and Construction Ltd. (Subic, Zambales) Aimstaff, inc. (Pampanga) and Fresh Options (Angeles, Pampanga).

Other agencies that were invited were the DFA for passport application, NBI for NBI clearance application and NSO civil registry document certification. According to Esperon, these agencies were invited to provide services to Asingan and neighboring towns as part of initiatives to make government frontline agencies’ services more accessible to the people. Indeed, more Job Fairs will be held in other towns in the future.

“We are enlarging the latitude of opportunity for every Pangasinense and our people,” Esperon said, stressing that “while we were threatened by the crisis, we worked hard and are still working hard to give our people, especially our disadvantaged sectors, a access to quality services and programs and better means to earn their living and improve their well-being.”

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