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DOLE-RO I, partners hold employers confab for Jobstart

Some 103 employers joined the fora for the Jobstart program, a new employment facilitation service of the Department of Labor and Employment as mandated by Republic Act No. 10869, or the Jobstart Philippines Act of 2016. 

The fora were initiated by the City of Dagupan and the municipality of Rosales in Pangasinan, being the pilot areas in Region 1 after the two local government units entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the DOLE-Regional Office I on July 7 and 10, respectively.  

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said 86 companies participated in the forum for Dagupan City on August 3, while 17 companies attended the forum for Rosales on August 11. 

“I commend all employers who joined the orientations for the Jobstart program. Your participation indicates your support to the eradication of youth unemployment and in general, the fulfillment of the employment agenda of the government,” Director Lacambra said. 

He said the employers were introduced to the program concept and their roles, as well as the incentives they can get from participating in the program.  

Under a Memorandum of Agreement, the employers will be responsible in the preparation of training plan, provision of technical training and internship of around 400 trainees expected to benefit from the program.  

A trainee may undergo any or all of three trainings/internship during which he/she will be entitled to a maximum amount of P31, 200 training assistance and stipend, depending on the training requirements.

Under the 10-day free life skills training to be conducted by a DOLE external provider, a trainee will receive P200 daily allowance with free snacks.  If the trainee will undergo technical training to be provided by employer, the former will be given P12,000 maximum assistance and P200 daily allowance for a maximum of three months.  Lastly, a trainee may undergo internship for a maximum of three months during which he/she will be paid 75% of the applicable minimum wage by the employer. 

“After the fora, the next step is the submission by the employers of pledges showing the vacancies available.  Employers’ engagement is now being undertaken to gather the pledges,” Director Lacambra said.  The employers have until August 17 to submit their pledges, he added. 

The Jobstart is a full cycle employment facilitation service of the Department of Labor and Employment which is designed to enhance the employability of at-risk youth to improve their integration into productive employment.  


Around P9 million is allotted for each LGU to fund the program’s various components which include employer engagement, labor market information, career and employment coaching and referral and placement. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez 

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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