June 20, 2021

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the City of Pasay has launched a paid training program for job seekers.

A technical skills training program in Pasay City will help job seekers improve their prospects of finding work.

The city’s Public Employment Services Office inked an agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment and the Asian Development Bank for the JobStart Philippines initiative to improve job applicants’ credentials.

The initiative, according to Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano Rubiano, would educate the city’s young inhabitants for when they begin searching for work or just want to be productive.

“Gusto po nating ihanda ang ating mga kabataan,” Rubiano said in a Viber message on Saturday. “Lalo na iyong medyo naliligaw ng landas at mabigyan sila ng tsansa para sa mas tahimik at produktibong buhay at mamamayan ng lungsod (We want to prepare our youths

““Gusto po nating mamuhunan sa ating mga kabataan at mabigyan sila ng sapat na kaalaman at karanasan upang sa ganoon ay maging mas madali silang makuha sa mga trabaho,” she said.

Qualified recipients will get life and technical skills training to help them transition into the workforce.

Client registration and evaluation, 10-day life skills training, technical training for a maximum of three months, and internship, also for a maximum of three months, are the four stages of training that beneficiaries will go through.

Throughout the program, beneficiaries will receive allowances and stipends, including a PHP200 mobile data allowance, a PHP300 day allowance for the 10-day life skills training, and basic accident insurance via the Government Service Insurance System.

They are also eligible for a PHP1,000 medical allowance (except a PHP5,000 allowance for Covid-19 swab tests) and a PHP500 security permit stipend.

A technical training award of up to PHP12,000, a daily stipend of PHP300 for a maximum of 66 days during the technical training period, and an employer’s administrative fee of PHP1,500 per month will also be provided to the beneficiaries.

The program is open to residents aged 18 to 25, college graduates or undergraduates, high school and senior high school graduates, and even out-of-school adolescents.

The program, according to Rubiano, would be incorporated into the Sulong Pasay project, a public-private collaboration aimed at accelerating economic recovery.

“Malaki po ang aking paniniwala na hindi magtatagal ay magkakaroon ng economic boom dito sa lungsod dahil na rin sa tulong ng Sulong Pasay kaya ngayon pa lang ay inihahanda na natin ang ating mga kabataan (I firmly think that shortly, there will be an economic boom

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