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Former intern now an employment officer, thanks to GIP

 

Jessica Charie Generosa,  or “Bunsoy” as she is fondly called by superiors and colleagues, started as an intern under the Government Internship Program (GIP) in 2016.  Three years later, she is already part of the hardworking organic employees of the DOLE-RO I as Labor and Employment Officer I.   

“Bunsoy”, a Filipino term which means youngest child or sibling in a family, is an endearment ascribed to Charie’s petiteness. But despite being four feet and 11 inches in height, the 25-year-old BS Psychology graduate has a lot in her arsenal.  

She can juggle her multiple roles as technical staff for Human Resources, ISO-Quality Management System, secretariat for various committees/subcommittees under the Office of the Assistant Regional Director and Secretary to the ARD. 

Asked how she is able to handle all the daily pressures, Charie quickly said, “I plan my tasks and take each challenge one day at a time.” 

Her typical day at work starts with a review of her tickler on her desk.  Through this, she is able to check if she was able to accomplish her tasks in the previous day, and plan out for the coming days. 

“The GIP served as a training ground for me.  It was during my internship that I learned to properly manage my time and handle pressures gracefully,” Charie said. 

As an intern, she assisted the HR Manager in handling and monitoring the performance of  ISO-enrolled processes, namely: Leave Application, Conduct of Capacity Building and Recruitment, Selection and Appointment; prepared proposals and provided support during the conduct of trainings; acted as secretariat to the HR Merit Promotion and Selection Board and to the Administrative Complaints Committee; prepared communications, memos and office orders; verified or checked employees’ Daily Time Records; processed leave applications and applications for compensatory time-off; prepared computation sheets for first salary and salary differential of newly hired/promoted/transferred employees; and performed other functions such as designing tarpaulin backdrops, training certificates, programs, filing, recording of incoming and outgoing documents, as well as serving as master of ceremony during employee trainings or seminars.

 

“Charie or “Bunsoy” exemplified who a GIP intern must be.  We are happy to have her as part of the DOLE-RO I because not only does she possess necessary skills; she exhibits the right work attitude and values,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said. 

The GIP aims to provide opportunities for young workers, particularly the poor or indigent, to demonstrate their skills in the field of public service with the ultimate goal of attracting the best and the brightest who want to pursue a career in government service. Beneficiaries are engaged for a minimum internship period of three months up to a maximum duration of one year, where they receive a stipend equivalent to seventy five percent of the applicable minimum salary rate in the region. 

Applicants must be at least high school or vocational-technical graduate, between 18-30 years old and no work experience.  Individuals up to 35 years old may be accommodated as beneficiaries under exceptional circumstances, specifically in areas that are hardly-hit or stricken by disasters and natural calamities, such as typhoon and earthquake, including man-made calamities. 

Director Lacambra said a total 9,769 young workers have benefitted since the program was rolled out in Region I in 2014. 

“Now I believe that when a door closes, another door opens.  The GIP is that “other” door that led me to brighter opportunities,” Charie said. 

Charie recalled being turned down for the first time when she applied for a Job Order at the DOLE-RO I.  But it did not take much time before she received a call from the HR staff informing her that she was considered for internship under the GIP. 

She is currently taking up her Master in Public Administration at the Saint Louis College, City of San Fernando, La Union.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

 

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2020-03-11
RD Nat V. Lacambra
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