DAVAO CITY, Apr. 27 (PIA) – Some 400 youths in Davao City and Tagum City will have the chance to enhance their employability through internship or on-the-job training under the newly-launched JobStart Philippines.
Davao City and Tagum City are among the second wave pilot areas in the country set to implement JobStart PH that aims to provide young adults the appropriate training on technical skills and work attitude to ensure employment in the business sector.
The qualified beneficiaries are 18-24 years old, must have graduated from high school, not currently working nor enrolled in a study or training, must not have more than one-year work experience, and is seeking work.
The beneficiaries will randomly be selected through public draw after having registered as youth candidates with JobStart.
The local government units of said cities through their respective Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) will conduct assessment on the youth’s job readiness and provide life skills training focusing on work attitudes, career guidance and labor market information.
The PESOs will also undertake job matching of beneficiaries to available internships and make referrals with employers who registered with JobStart.
The JobStart PH is a new program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the youth sector, particularly aiming to assist young Filipinos with their career development pathways in partnership with private establishments.
The benefits of the program for the employers include the opportunity to hire interns with life skills training, to pay six-month internship at reduced cost which is 75 percent of the minimum wage and to be compensated with up to P9,000 training fee per internship.
Aside from gaining technical and life skills and knowledge on job searches, the youth beneficiaries will also be paid stipends from their work experience in the companies.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz recently headed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between DOLE and the LGUs of Davao City and Tagum City for the implementation for the program.
Each LGU is allotted 200 youth beneficiaries.
Also part of the MOU, are the Canadian government that will fund the program and the Asian Development Bank which will provide the technical assistance.
Baldoz urged the LGUs and the business sector to support the program.
Meanwhile, Davao City First District Congressman Karlo Nograles is hoping for the passage of a proposed bill to institutionalize Jobstart Philippines in all cities and municipalities in the country, to ensure sustainability of the program implementation.
“We hope that private employers will see the benefits of this partnership under JobStart Philippines,” Nograles stated.
He bared that the bill is projected to be approved by the Congress by August or September this year. (PIA-XI/Carina L. Cayon)