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Former trainees get new jobs through DOLE’s Jobstart program

Tacloban City – After completing their journey with the Jobstart Program, a total of thirty-three (33) trainees from different parts of Eastern Visayas found their way to having their own jobs after being absorbed by some private establishments in this city.

In a graduation ceremony held last March 29, 2019 at Fatima Parish Social Hall, Tacloban City, Jobstart graduates, together with their parents, marched with beaming faces as their journey to finding employment is truly a success story. It was graced by Mr. Stephen Weaver from the Government of Canada, Ms. Kyra Querijero from Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Ms. Bernardita M. Navarra of DOLE North Leyte Field Office and Ms. Emilia A. Cruz, Tacloban City PESO Manager.

In partnership with the private sector, Jobstart Philippines Program helps employers meet their manpower needs with well-prepared, talented and enthusiastic young men and women.

In Eastern Visayas, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. VIII in cooperation with Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of LGU-Tacloban and Scope Global has facilitated the conduct of different activities for the Jobstart Program Implementation which includes the following: (1) Employers’ Forum; (2) Employer’s Training Plan Writeshop; (3) Signing of Memorandum of Agreement; (4) Registration of Beneficiaries (5) 10-day Life Skills Training (LST); (6) Technical Training; and (7) Internship.

Lean Gwen Gabriel Cabalejo, 18 years old, born to parents with no stable source of income, was only one of the one hundred privileged trainees to avail of the 1st wave implementation of the program in Region VIII, with Tacloban City chosen as the pioneer implementing LGU.

“I am really thankful to DOLE for having this kind of program for youths like me who needs assistance for us to be prepared for world of work. Because of Jobstart, I now have my own job and is able to help my family in our basic needs”, Gwen said (in local dialect).

DOLE Region VIII Director Yahya A. Centi, represented by Ms. Navarra, expressed his gratitude to the Government of Canada for partaking in the cause of the department to address employment issues in the country. He likewise thanked the LGU-Tacloban thru its PESO Manager for being active and supportive throughout the Jobstart implementation in the region.

Director Centi said, “This Jobstart Program is indeed significant in addressing our employment concerns here in Region VIII and we are thankful to the Government of Canada for helping us. Also, the consistent support of LGU-Tacloban in the program implementation has definitely contributed a lot for its success”.

In a progress report submitted to the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), one hundred (100) trainees finished the life skills training, fifty-six (56) completed the technical training and thrity-three (33) completed the internship phase then eventually got absorbed by the partner establishments. Some trainees were not able to join in the other phases of the training as seventeen (17) found jobs in other employers and some twelve (12) trainees landed a job after completing the LST.

McDonalds, Mang Inasal, Pinutos, Stephanie Smokehaus and Taytay sa Kauswagan were among the private establishments that partnered with DOLE ROVIII in the Jobstart implementation

JobStart Philippines Program is an employment facilitation initiative of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the government agency created pursuant to Republic Act No. 4121. The Program aims to shorten the youth’s school to work transition by enhancing the knowledge and skills acquired in formal education or technical training by jobseekers in order for them to become more responsive to the demands of the labor market. JobStart Philippines is a collaboration among DOLE, the Asian Development Bank, and the Government of Canada. Republic Act 10869, also known as “JobStart Philippines Act” was enacted on June 29, 2016 to institutionalize the implementation of the Program nationwide. End/Norma Rae S. Costimiano

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