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Job searchers are advised avoiding social media posts requesting personal information.

Jobseekers in Region 7 (Central Visayas) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have been cautioned against some social media posts that are neither affiliated with nor recognized by the department.

Lilia Estillore, the DOLE-7 officer-in-charge (OIC)-director, warned potential candidates against posting their personal information and other credentials in response to posts on the alleged hiring of interns under the DOLE Government Internship Program (GIP) in Cebu City on Friday.

“This is not the method via which we hire GIPs. By Republic Act No. 10173, also known as the Data Privacy Act, we do not divulge or make public applicants’ personal information.

The GIP is a part of the KABATAAN:2000 program, which offers recipients of the program the chance to participate in national and local government initiatives and projects that benefit the general public.

Beneficiaries or interns will be paid stipends for the duration of their internship, which might last anywhere between three and six months.

She warned students to be cautious and watchful since scammers and other dishonest people are more common than ever, and they are utilizing social media to further their own agendas.

On the other hand, the DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) has issued a letter directing all regional offices, including the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), to confirm the legitimacy of any GIP hiring advertised on social media platforms.

Estillore stated, “This is to assure protection of the information of our job seekers.”

According to her, candidates who are interested in learning more about the GIP program should visit their local PESO or the DOLE Regional Office and its Field Offices.

“We do not encourage sharing our program participants’ personal information unless we have their express consent. Otherwise, that is illegal,” the woman stated.

For the most recent issuances and announcements, job seekers are recommended to visit the DOLE-7’s official Facebook page, DOLE Region 7, and its official website, ro7.dole.gov.ph.

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