AT LEAST 436,322 Filipinos benefited from the emergency programs created by the Arroyo government to cushion the impact of the global financial crisis on the people, the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) reported Tuesday.

The NAPC report cited that the 436,322 jobs represent 88.43 percent of the targeted 493,388 people to be given jobs under the government’s Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (Cleep), which was created under Memorandum Circular 168.

At least P10.32 billion or 75.12 percent of the P13.74 billion allocated for the program had been spent for the Cleep employment programs as of March 12, 2010.

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These jobs were created base don Executive Order (EO) 782 “to assist workers affected by the global financial crisis and temporary filling up of vacant government positions”; EO 783 which provided for government interventions “to save and create jobs” as part of the Economic Resiliency Plan; and EO 788 that provided for the National Service program where those aged 18 to 24, undertake a two-year national service commitment with modest stipends through the National Service Corps or the Youth Conservation Corps.

NAPC Secretary and lead convener Domingo Panganiban said among the jobs created were through the Philippine National Police with 5,293; the Department of Public Works and Highways with 4,495; and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources with 4,390.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development contributed with 850 jobs; the Department of Labor and Employment with 1,498; the Department of Education with 20; and the Youth National Service program with 16,546, among others.

“In crisis situations, government intervention to extend relief and comfort to the people, particularly those most vulnerable to hostile economic forces, can never be overemphasized,” Press Secretary Crispulo Icban Jr. said.

Icban added that these job generation programs instituted by the President “were extremely relevant considering the fact that not a few multinationals in the country collapsed under the sheer pressure of the global economic meltdown.” (JMR/Sunnex)