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From intern to day care worker: GIP helps MarcoseƱo fulfill her dream to serve


“Service with a smile” might be a common phrase to offices or businesses.  But for twenty-four-year-old Novelyn Malinay, the phrase will always have a profound meaning.  To her, it conveys a caring attitude – for her job, for customers and for people in general. 

“It is a trait that is very useful especially for those providing frontline services,” Novelyn said. 

She had the first opportunity to showcase and nurture her positive work and personal values when she was selected as intern under the Department of Labor and Employment’s Government Internship Program (GIP) from June to November 2014 at the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of Marcos, Ilocos Norte, her birthplace.  

The GIP is an employment bridging program of the DOLE that aims to attract the best and brightest to pursue a career in government service by engaging poor youth who are at least secondary or vocational-technical graduates in public service for a maximum period of six months.  While on internship, the beneficiaries receive stipend amounting to 75 percent of the prevailing minimum wage in the region. 

“One of the most unforgettable experiences I had during my internship at the MSWDO was when I was alone at the office and one angry client lashed out at me because of some delay in the payment of her father’s pension,” she said. 

She recalled how she was really frightened and rattled as she was an inexperienced fresh graduate at that time. Novelyn is a graduate of Bachelor in Elementary Education from the Mariano Marcos Memorial State University.  

“It was one incident that ignited my desire to further improve myself so I can serve our clients better,” she said. 

After her internship, she served as volunteer worker at the same office from December 1 to December 31, 2014. In the following year, she was hired as contract of service worker by the same office for a period of six months, then became a permanent employee with the position of Day Care Worker I starting June 22, 2015.  

Some of her tasks include monitoring and supervising day care centers and day care workers; interviewing and assessing applicants for financial assistance, senior citizens ID cards, solo parents and PWDs; implementation of supplementary feeding program; and assistance in the conduct of day care workers and parents.

“Real fulfillment comes from being able to serve my townmates.  For this, I wish to extend my grateful appreciation to the DOLE-RO I and the LGU of Marcos,” the former intern said. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from Leonavella Duldulao, DOLE-INFO

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