803 beneficiaries of the Department of Labor and Employment – Government Internship Program (DOLE-GIP) out of 25,610 interns engaged for 2020 were absorbed by GIP Partner Agencies, with an absorption rate of 3.14%. This feat is the highest recorded rate for the program in the last 5 years.
Based on DOLE Regional Offices reports, most of the interns absorbed were taken by Local Government Units (LGUs) with 504 beneficiaries hired either as job order, contractual, project-based, or permanent employee. This is followed by DOLE offices including attached agencies with 201 absorbed interns.
The increase on the absorption rate despite the pandemic is brought by the urgent need of manpower by LGUs to complement the programs being implemented in response to the adverse effects of COVID-19.
The DOLE-GIP is one of the flagship programs of the labor department that caters to youth development and empowerment. Mandated under the KABATAAN 2000 program, the program aims to provide opportunities for the youth to experience work in the government and at the same time, harness their potentials to contribute to the nation-building initiatives. It serves as a training ground for future government employees and leaders.
In 2019, DOLE-GIP recorded 534 beneficiaries out of 45,121 enrolled in the programas having been hired by GIP Partner Agencies, an absorption rate of 1.2%.