Salvation Army turns over CLEP building to Tacloban LGU

On August 22, 2022, The Salvation Army Philippines Social Services Inc. handed over the CLEP (Community Livelihood Enhancement Program) building to Tacloban LGU. Photo: Salvation Army/Facebook

TACLOBAN CITY  – The Salvation Army Philippines Social Services Incorporated handed over the CLEP (Community Livelihood Enhancement Program) building to Tacloban Local Government Unit (LGU) on August 22, 2022.

The SAWSO (Salvation Army World Services Organization) funded the three-story CLEP building, which prompted the international community to generously donate to the city's and constituents' rehabilitation following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013.

In collaboration with Tesda, the CLEP will offer industry-based training programs to residents of Tacloban City and surrounding municipalities (Technical Education And Skills Development Authority).

In his inspirational speech, Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez stated that both the Tacloban LGU and The Salvation Army are committed to changing lives for the better. He also expressed his deep gratitude to The Salvation Army and the government's commitment to the partnership.

Colonel David Oalang, Territorial Commander, emphasized the inspiration found in Psalm 9:18: "For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.  The CLEP is our response to ensuring that the last, least, and lost are empowered and thus find hope."

The program included the Mayor and the Territorial Commander signing the Deed of Donation and Deed of Usufruct, a ribbon cutting, the presentation of the symbolic key, the unveiling of the CLEP marker, and a historical commemorative plaque, and a prayer of thanksgiving and dedication.

Also present during the turnover ceremony were from the local government:  CLEP Coordinator Ruena "Weng" Mate, TESDA 8 Regional Director Ramon Evan Ruiz, City Administrator Atty. Anacleto Lacanilao, City Councilors Elvira Casal, Brian Granados, Aimee Grafil, Edson Malaki and Chris Esperas.  From The Salvation Army: Territorial President of Women’s Ministries/Secretary for Spiritual Life Development Colonel Elsa Oalang; Secretary for Business Administration Lt. Colonel Annabelle Meana; Secretary for Personnel Administration Major Emerald Urbien; Territorial Development Secretary Major Juneivy Urbien and Territorial Property Administrator Alfredo Agpaoa Jr. —iTacloban (Source: Salvation Army)
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