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CEPEP begins registration

Registration for an additional 350 jobs in the Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP) in Tobago continues this week in 18 communities throughout the island.

The 2012 programme resumed on Monday with 400 workers following the receipt of $4 million from the Central government. Parliament had approved $8 million in the 2011-2012 Budget for CEPEP in Tobago. According to the THA, this is the first release from the People's Partnership Central Government for CEPEP since taking office in May 2010. The Assembly has been funding both CEPEP and URP by the transfer of funds from other Divisions as well as its unspent balances. The $4 million received for CEPEP represented a shortfall of between $8 million and $10 million required for the programme this year, the THA release said.

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Sally said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 3:35 AM

While CEPEP may be a way for some people to earn a living I believe that the government should focus on developing more avenues for the workers to be productive. It isn't just about planting flowers and raking some leaves then just sitting around idling and proliferation the place with laziness, it is about ensuring that the workers use their employed time to do something that will be meaningful to them and their communities. Why don't the government make use of the abandoned industrial cottages and show the workers how to be productive such as teaching them to cure fish or preserve fruits or any other way such as horticulture. These things can add revenue to the country and can therefore be the resources to pay the workers even at a higher daily wage. Please please, those in the position to change things let us not teach these people to be lazy because when times get tougher they will be coming after you.

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 7:54 AM

Sally the problem is then they would have to pay them more.. These people are adults with responsibilities..They are waht you call minimal wage.The money they are receiving does not allow them to have a really decent living. I think that its time people stop seeing cepep as hand outs..Who is going to do waht they are doing for free...They are working,just as anyone else..Ther hours are not like yours and mine,but its still work. The inblances in life is what keeps the balances together....But all in all for those who wants to pursue other areas ,which you suggested ,is okay,once its not forced upon them...

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Sally said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 5:28 AM

Anonymous, thanks for the feedback and I quite understand your views. I have to say that there are other areas of employment in this country where people work for less money than the CEPEP workers and they are being more productive. The government has to be more innovative in the ways that would enhance the lives of the CEPEP workers. I believe that using the programme to teach them how to survive is essential. If we should experience tougher times, half of the CEPEP workers do not know of a backup way to earn a living. If they are given the chance now and start working on being more productive then when tougher times are here these workers would have already known how to make that extra dollar. Anonymous and I also have to say that it is not that people see the CEPEP as handouts, I believe what hurts people is that the government is not making proper use of the human resources it has. Too many people are doing the same things at the same time, yet still, the production is small.

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 12:18 PM

I do believe that their are people ,who is working with cepep,which have different abilities,some can cook,sew,clean,and are quite able to get jobbs in different areas in the market place.What is needed is a more effective use of Cepep...The streets should be cleaned,gabbages in the the public sector done away with.We have to remember that there are people in Tobago with an education and cannot get jobbs in the field they have studied in.Some arears are more overcrowded than others.. I spoke about blances,if we cannot reconize,that what might seem unproductive to the natural eyes is very effective in keeping things afloat,financially for the countries welfare...The people who work in CEPEP comes in many different ages and educational background...Not everyone wants to be there ...but choices are limited...Can we afford an overflow of companies in such a small country as Tobago.....No it would cause inflation....We have to think abou the mathematics of things...

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 11:07 PM

For God so loved...Any project which is undertaken,because of genuine love and care for another is established by God...To doubt our to place judegement on the rights of human dignity is to bring a huge elememt of criminal entities on an entire nation.....Not to mention,stiring up the wrath of God...If their is anyone to complain about CEPEP is those who are working there....We should all mind our own buisiness and stop playing GOD in other peoples lifes....and concentrate on beign GOD of and in or own lifes.I do not understand how CEPEPis affecting you our anyone else..If you understand an uneven division, you would understand its purpose and need as is.For those who wants to get out,and can,they would use whatever resourses,Tobago has to offer.For some this work is demeaning,but they still do it..So whatever you or I may think about CEPEP,let Gods wisdom be true.For the things which you and i do not understand is wise in the sight of God.

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