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Through DOLE’s Jobstart, 200 Youth in Pangasinan to Jumpstart Careers
Some 200 youth in two key cities in Pangasinan shall now begin to venture into the exciting world of work, as they become trainees under the Jobstart program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). 
 
100 Young workers each in Dagupan City and Alaminos City are to be harnessed and trained to become productive members of the region’s labor force, through full cycle employment facilitation services to be administered in the Jobstart.
 
The two cities form part of the 40 LGUs nationwide which have been identified as the implementation areas for Jobstart this year. 
 
Jobstart began in 2016 though the enactment of the Republic Act No. 10869 or the Jobstart Philippines Act. It seeks to facilitate the employment of at-risk youth in the country, by addressing the gap on school-to-work transition which has been identified as one of the hurdles that curtail youth employment. 
 
Pioneering in the Jobstart, Dagupan City was among the Local Government Units (LGUs) identified as pilot areas in 2016. Since then, the LGU has consistently gathered and trained its youth to become productive workers. 
 
On August 13, 2021, another batch of Jobstart trainees in Dagupan signed their participation agreement. DOLE Regional Office 1 (DOLE RO1) Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos extended her early congratulations to the young workers. 
 
“This is the beginning of an exciting journey ahead of you. At this point early on, I congratulate you because to be a Jobstart trainee is a feat in itself,” RD Ramos remarked.
 
Dagupan City Mayor Marc Brian Lim, PESO Manager Jocelyn Siapno, and DOLE Central Pangasian Field Office Chief Agnes Aguinaldo were also present to witness the trainees’ signing. 
 
Meanwhile, in Alaminos City, employers are to be gathered for a forum and orientation this month, following the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the LGU and DOLE RO1. DOLE Western Pangasinan Field Office led by Chief Rhoda Dingle is on top of the implementation to ensure the success of the program in the Home of the Hundred Islands. 
 
Thorugh funding from the Government of Canada and the Asian Development Bank, the Jobstart seeks to address the concerns of young Filipinos who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET). This shall be realized through various interventions such as Registration of Jobseekers, Life Skills Training, Job Matching and Referral to Partner Employers, Technical Training, Internship and Wage Employment.
 
“We at the DOLE, together with our LGU partners, put forward our optimism that these youth trainees will become agents in our transformative approach towards the achievement of our goal to increase youth employability,” RD Ramos enthused. END/Justin Paul Marbella.

 
 
 
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2021-08-18
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