AN EVER growing number of cooperating partners linked by Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) renewed commitment to bring back productive life to more amputees in the Philippines as fifteen (15) more amputees received last Friday’s session at Holiday Inn Clark, free high tech artificial legs bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 165 under the Walking Free Program.

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KDF President Benny Ricafort said that the program would be able to give more prosthesis as Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has established the Clark Prosthesis Laboratory at Clark Freeport Zone. Meanwhile, more supporters join the Walking Free mega network spearheaded by KDF, Physicians for Peace (PFP) led by Manila Bulletin’s vice-president for Classified Advertising Department Lyne Abanilla.

Amputees who are latest prosthesis leg beneficiaries under the program are Arsenia Ang and Vicente de Peralta of Angeles City, Juanito Cruz and Romeo Sunga of Macabebe Pampanga, Catherine Ramires and Rowell De Dios of Porac, Pampanga.

Latest beneficiaries from Apalit, Pampanga are Edilberto Puno, Armando Angeles, Gabriel Wanican and Diosdado Ducut.

Adding more power to the program are: UP-PGH, UERMMC, Social Action Center of Pampanga, Philippine Army, Soroptimist Clubs of Pampanga, Provincial Government of Pampanga, city and municipal governments in Pampanga and Rotary Club International District 3790.

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Clark Development Corporation (CDC) records show that industrial electronics sector is number one in Clark’s top five list of employment generators.

Actually, 20.57 percent of Clark’s total employment statistics in Clark zone for January 2010 come from the industrial electronics sector.

The report, submitted by Industrial Relations Unit Head Ervyn Joy Rivera, added that Information Technology (IT) and communications sector tallied at 18.87% followed by the industrial garments industry with 15.74%.

The tourism and estate projects, on the other hand, posted 11.07% while industrial and other manufacturing firms provided 10.03% to Clark’s latest employment figures.

Rivera also reported that CDC’s January 2010 job statistics posted an all-time high of 58,777 workers or an additional 754 workers since November 2009 where workers here reached 57,023. The number of workers here took a slump at the height of the global financial crisis last year.

According to CDC President Benny Ricafort, “Because of the CDC’s sound economic agenda and the support extended by the state-owned corporation to the various crisis-affected firms, most companies here were able to recover from the economic meltdown.”

CDC’s Next Frontier project at the Sacobia Valley is hoped to boost employment further once tourism and other industrial-related projects are in full operation More jobs would be generated once newly-signed expansion projects are completed as the semi-conductor giant Texas Instruments is fully-operational.