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Goal achieved! Passion for public service helps a young nurse land a job in government

Adel Bayudan, 26 years old, is a proof that love for work and patience are indeed two virtues necessary for attaining one’s goals in life. 

Adel is a Public Health Nurse at the Rural Health Unit of the Municipality of Marcos, Ilocos Norte – a permanent position she got four years after obtaining a license and over three years of being a volunteer and contractual nurse.  While others could have been easily disheartened by limited local job opportunities for nurses, Adel willingly volunteered to serve at government hospitals in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur and Marcos, Ilocos Norte for a year. 

And it was in between those years of being a volunteer and contractual nurse when Adel learned about the Government Internship Program or GIP, a program implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I which she never thought would later on pave the way for that elusive permanent job.  While at the Doña Josefa Edralin Marcos District Hospital, she was encouraged by municipal employees to apply for GIP internship at the LGU of Marcos.  

The GIP, as she was informed, is an employment bridging program of the DOLE that aims to attract talented and hardworking high school or voc-tech/tertiary graduates aged 18-25 to pursue a career in government by engaging them in public service for a maximum internship period of six months. 

What’s more is that, she will be receiving a stipend equivalent to 75% of the applicable hiring rate of the LGU, she gathered. 

From June to December 2014, Adel served as intern at the RHU of Marcos and attended to the primary healthcare needs of residents.  Marcos is a fourth class municipality with more than 20,000 people. And Adel feels that she has the moral obligation to ensure that they get the healthcare they need.  With the enduring passion for her craft, Adel took care of pregnant women, children, elderly and many others who came to the RHU for their health concerns.  She went to barangays to deliver services, especially to those who are farther from the town center. 

After her internship, the LGU of Marcos absorbed her as a contractual nurse from January 2015 to March 2016.  Her dedication and hard work paid off when she was eventually hired by the LGU as permanent nurse in January 2017.  

At present, Adel continues to serve her fellow residents of Marcos.  When asked if she has plans to work abroad, Adel replied that it is a prospect she has not considered yet, saying: “I feel that the best way to give back to the government for this wonderful opportunity is to help people through my profession.” 

Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said Adel is among the 7,511 youth assisted by the DOLE-RO I since the GIP started in Region I in 2014.   

“The purpose of the GIP is truly fulfilled when those who really have the heart for public service land a job in government,” Director Lacambra said. 

He said those who are interested to become beneficiaries of the GIP can visit the nearest Public Employment Service Office (PESO) or DOLE field office. 

The program is implemented in partnership with LGUs, congressional offices and other government agencies. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez



RD Nat V. Lacambra
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