JobStart leads youth to
MANILA, March 15 - In the world of work, they are considered as ‘at
risk,’ or young Filipinos who have the least access to productive work, and
who take around two to four years to find their first regular job.
However, with their immersion to the three-phase full-cycle employment
facilitation services of the JobStart program, they have found jobs that
will assure them of a better future.
These are the 584 JobStart graduates who are now in wage employment after
completing their life skills and technical training and were either absorbed
by their employer or found jobs from other employers.
They will be recognized today by the Department of Labor and Employment
(DOLE), together with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of
Canada, during their graduation ceremony to be held at the University of the
Philippines-Bahay ng Alumni.
The participating JobStart employers, as well as Public Employment Service
Offices (PESOs), will also be recognized in the graduation ceremony.
JobStart is a partnership program of the DOLE, ADB, and the Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA), which aims to increase the
employability of the youth by providing them access to technical and life
skills training demanded by employers and by mentoring and tooling them to
improve their job search.
Through JobStart, youth-at-risk aged 18-24 years, who are either currently
not working, or have less than a year of work experience, not enrolled in an
educational or training program, or who have at least reached a high school
education, can access technical and like skills training and on-the-job
opportunities that will improve their chances in the world of work.
The graduates are part of the rollout implementation of JobStart Philippines
Program which was piloted in seven local government units in the
country—Caloocan; Mandaluyong; Pasay; Quezon City; Taguig; San Fernando,
Pampanga; and Gen. Trias, Cavite.
San Fernando, Pampanga recorded the highest number of employed JobStart
graduates at 98, followed by Mandaluyong, 96; Quezon City, 92; Caloocan, 90;
Taguig, 88; Gen. Trias, Cavite, 65; and Pasay, 55.
During the graduation ceremony, DOLE Assistant Secretary Alex V. Avila will
deliver the welcome address, to be followed by inspirational messages from
ADB Country Director Richard Bolt and Ambassador John Holmes of the Embassy
of Canada in Manila.
DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod, in behalf of Labor Secretary
Silvestre H. Bello III, is set to deliver the keynote message.
Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay, together
with the local chief executives and PESO managers of the seven participating
local government units, will lead the distribution of certificates of
completion and participation to the JobStart trainees.
Special awards will also be given to the outstanding JobStart trainees, the
PESOs with highest placement rate, and the employers who absorbed for
employment the most number of trainees and those who provided 100 percent of
minimum wage during the internship phase.
Under JobStart, the youth beneficiaries shall receive full-cycle employment
facilitation services that include (1) Career Guidance and Coaching, to be
provided by PESO staff and other trained career guidance coaches and
advocates; (2) Life Skills training for 10 days; (3) Technical skills
training for up to three months; and (4) Company-based internships for up to
The nationwide implementation of JobStart is now institutionalized through
Republic Act No. 10869. (DOLE)