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DOLE’s Youth Programs in Full Swing in Region 1
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 1 remains steadfast in providing programs and services that aim to empower the youth as members of the labor force.
 
In celebration of the 2021 International Youth Day today, August 12, 2021, the DOLE Regional Office 1 reports that youth-oriented programs are in full swing, benefitting thousands of youth in jobs assistance, skills training, internship, and other social development interventions. 
 
“The DOLE strongly believes in the potentials of our youth, that’s why we remain aggressive in implementing our programs designed to address the concerns of young people especially on employment,” DOLE RO1 Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos said. 
 
DOLE’s flagship programs such as the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), Government Internship Program (GIP) and Jobstart have long been providing young people in the region opportunities for gainful employment, while equipping themselves with the vital work experience.
 
 “Oftentimes, young people like fresh graduates are caught up in a tricky situation where they cannot get a job because they don’t have experience, and they cannot get the experience because they cannot get a job,” RD Ramos remarked. “Hence, the DOLE offers these youth-centered programs to address these dilemmas.”
 
The SPES is DOLE’s youth employment-bridging program which aims to provide temporary employment to poor but deserving students, out-of-school youth, and dependents of displaced or would-be displaced workers. Individuals aged 15-30 years old work in participating private and government agencies to familiarize them with office operations and dynamics. They receive salary ranging from P7,000 to P11,000 per month for a work period minimum of 20 days. 
 
For 2021, some 3,476 SPES workers have already embarked on their work assignments in various workplaces in the region. 876 are in Ilocos Norte, 297 in Ilocos Sur, 198 in La Union, and 2,105 in Pangasinan. 
 
The GIP, meanwhile, provides young workers opportunity to demonstrate their talents and skills in the field of public service with the ultimate objective of attracting the best and the brightest who want to pursue a career in government service, particularly in the fields and disciplines related to labor and employment.
 
In Region 1, there are 1,729 GIP interns deployed to various government offices for 2021. They receive a daily stipend of P340 for a maximum of six months. 
 
JobStart enhances employability of youth by reducing their job-search period and increasing their employability through training (life skills and technical skills required by industries), paid internship and full-cycle employment facilitation services. 
 
Trainees receive an allowance for the duration of their life skills and technical skills training. After which, they may continue on for a three-month internship where they receive a stipend not than 75% of the prevailing minimum wage in the locality.
 
Two Jobstart programs are now on the rollout in two cities in Region 1: Dagupan and Alaminos in Pangasinan. 100 trainees are on-board in each city. 
 
“The DOLE RO1 is resolute to implement these youth-focused programs in the best way we could. We thank our partners – the local government units and private establishments, who are our allies in maximizing the promising opportunities the youth of today must enjoy,” RD Ramos quipped.  END/Justin Paul Marbella.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2021-08-12
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