DOLE launches 3rd Jobstarter Program

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is scaling up its job training and matching program in coordination with private sector enterprises in a bid to assist job seekers from Puerto Princesa City to gain employment opportunities.

The labor department and its partner agencies launched on Thursday the third wave of its Jobstart Philippines Program, a scheme where an estimated 240 job seekers nominated by participating private enterprises will be trained for potential job placements.

The Jobstart Philippines Program aims to address the high rate of unemployment among Palaweño youth and fresh graduates through partnership and collaboration among DOLE, City PESO, and private business firms.

City PESO Manager Demetrio Lopez Jr said Palawan is the only province in the region of MIMAROPA that was included among the 14 provincial/city beneficiaries of the program in the whole country.

“Ang Palawan lang ang nag-iisang probinsya sa MIMAROPA na nabiyayaan upang pagkalooban ng ganito kagandang programa para sa kabataan,” said Lopez.

Funded by the Canadian Government and Asian Development Bank (ADB), the program was originally launched in Palawan in 2015 and was formally started in 2016, training some 220 registered job applicants among out-of-school youth, fresh graduates, and college level students.

DOLE said the registration for participants in the 3rd batch of the program will be on July 30, 2017.

DOLE-Palawan Field Officer Bernardo Toriano said the program will help equip the trainees for job placements in various participating companies.

“Malapit na po ang pagtanaw natin na ang manggagawang Pilipino ay magkakaroon ng matatag, disente, at kapaki-pakinabang na trabaho sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay ng agarang hanap-buhay para sa mga kabataan,” said Toriano.

Applicants must be at least 18-24 years old, either high school graduate, college level, vocational course graduates, fresh graduate, or individuals with less than one-year job experience in a private business firm.

Under the program, the potential employees will undergo several sets of training including technical training provided by the participating companies. The trainees are also given allowances and insurance coverage during their training.

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