Local employment bureau to pilot test JobStart in Iloilo

THE Public Employment Service Office (Peso) of the Province of Iloilo has been selected as one of the 15 project areas for the implementation of JobStart Philippines Program this 2017.

JobStart Philippines is a youth employment facilitation program of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and Government of Canada.

Iloilo Peso qualified after it was rated 88.57 percent attaining high level of readiness for the program during the assessment of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) on March 22.

BLE Officer-in-Charge Ruth Rodriguez, in her letter to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., revealed that Iloilo Peso’s “extensive knowledge and insights of human capital development and public employment service operations” became handy information during the assessment.

“We are grateful that we qualified in the selection of pilot sites for JobStart Philippines. This partnership will beef-up our existing job facilitation activities for the youth in the province,” said PESO Chief Francisco Heler Jr.

Heler added that they are now preparing the documents needed prior to the signing of the memorandum of undertaking between the host local government unit and Dole-Western Visayas.

JobStart Philippines Program prepares young Filipinos age 18-24 for employment by providing them with career coaching, life skills and technical training and internships with partner employers.

Career coaching gives insight on the labor market and it will be administered by trained career guidance advocates. The interactive life skills training program will run for ten days to prepare JobStarter for the workplace.

Based on their skills, they will be referred to partner employers for interviews and placement. The three-month training with employers will then commence and another three months will be spent for internship.

JobStart fully funds the ten-day life skills training program and it provides the JobStarter with P200 daily allowance. A grant will also be provided to employers to cover the training costs and the JobStarter’s allowance during the three-month technical training.

During the six-month training and internship, JobStart gives employers P1,000 per month per JobStarter to cover administration costs.

The program also pays for the JobStarter’s medical clearance before internship and accident insurance for 12 months starting from the first day of the life skills training.

It likewise gives JobStarter with stipend of at least 75 percent of the minimum wage during the three months of internship. (Jezza Nepomoceno)