Newly institutionalized youth employment facilitation program, JobStart Philippines, kicks-start Wave II registration this December in NCR, Region 3, Region 4B, Region 7, NIR, Region 10 and Region 11.


Participating Local Government Units (LGUs), through their Public Employment Service Offices (PESO), will be organizing registrations on the following schedules: Davao City on 13-15 December, Cebu City on 14-18 December and Dumaguete City on 19-21 December. Ongoing registrations are happening in Caloocan City until 15 December (starting 12 December), Cagayan de Oro City until 16 December (starting 12 December), and Quezon City until 31 December (starting November 25). All registrations will take place in the JobStart area’s respective City Halls.


The following areas have just finished their registrations: City of San Fernando (Pampanga) on 21 November-2 December, Pasay City on 28 November-2 December, Madaluyong City on 1-3 December, Province of Bohol on 3-5 December, Taguig City and Tagum City on 5-7 December, and Puerto Prinsesa City on 5-9 December. There are to commence the Life Skills Training sessions of the program.


The growing population of the country is characterized by steadfast increase in unemployment rate, specifically youth unemployment. According to the October 2016 Labor Force Survey Report, 47.6% (or 971,000) of the total unemployed population are the youth aged 15-24 years old. Unemployment among the youth sector is at 11.6% which is twice as much as the overall national rate of 4.7%. Further, based on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) study, it takes one year for a college graduate to find a first job and up to two years to get into a regular job. Also, it takes a high school graduate up to three years to find a first job and four years to land a regular wage job. JobStart was conceptualized and implemented to address these issues affecting the youth.


“Under the pilot of the JobStart in 2014-2015, an impressing 75% placement rate was observed.” shared Department of Labor and Employment- (DOLE) Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay.


For this year’s implementation of the program, 2,031 were tagged as qualified, per latest inventory. Of the number, 1,466 graduated from the Life Skills Training, 846 immediately landed a job after graduation and 624 were placed either under technical skills training or internship with partner employers.


The facilitation of the school-to-work transition of the youth is one of the goals of the newly enacted Republic Act 10869 or JobStart Philippines Act of 2016. Signed last 29 June 2016, the law prepares jobseekers to be responsive to the demands of the labor market by improving the knowledge and skills they have acquired through formal education or technical training.


The program is open to those who are 18-24 years of age, Filipino Citizen, have at least reached high school level, not employed, enrolled, or undergoing training at the time of registration and  have no work experience or  have less than one (1) year of accumulated work experience. Upon registration, applicants must submit to the PESO the following documents: NSO birth certificate or any government issued identification card with birth date, highschool and college diploma if applicable, transcript of records of highest educational level attainment and training certificates or national certification issued by TESDA if applicable.


“We highly encourage the public to take into consideration the possible benefit of our youth from JobStart,” added Director Tutay and continued, “In the past 5 years, youth unemployment rates have gone down and it is our goal at DOLE to bring these down further as a result of our employment facilitation programs for the youth.”


JobStart Philippines is a program for young Filipinos that seek to integrate full-cycle employment facilitation service in their school-to-work transition in order to enhance their employability. The BLE houses the JobStart’s program management team.


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