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DOLE GIP Hones Promising Breed of Civil Servants in Region 1
Government service has always been an esteemed profession, more so now when the role of the government in the nation’s crisis recovery comes in deeply crucial. 
Recognizing the need to constantly develop human resources for the government, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has long been implementing a program that taps into the potentials of the country’s youth to become the next trailblazers in public service.
This is Government Internship Program or GIP. 
It seeks to provide young workers the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and skills in the field of public service with the goal of attracting the best and the brightest to pursue a career in government service.
A component of the government’s Kabataan 2000 project under Executive Order No. 139 Series of 1993, the GIP allows individuals aged 18-30 years old to have a glimpse of the ‘world of work’ in various government offices. In the local levels, the GIP employers are usually regional line agencies (RLAs) and local government units (LGUs). 
GIP interns are employed for a duration of three to six months. They receive a daily stipend worth the prevailing regional minimum wage rate. In Region 1, that’s P340.oo per day. 
For young jobseekers in Region 1, the DOLE GIP is touted as a potential springboard to landing into viable posts in the government. 
“I remember how my classmates and I really yearned to be part of the program,” said Alfer Jade Organista, 27, who was among the first batch of GIP interns during its launch in 2014. “For us fresh graduates, the GIP was a prized opportunity in paving our path to becoming public servants.”
Organista served as GIP intern at the LGU Santa Cruz, Ilocos Sur.  With his hard work and dedication, he rose from the ranks as Administrative Aide IV, and now Labor and Employment Officer I of the LGU’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO). 
He is a licensed professional teacher, but now intends to continue serving his LGU where he now feels a great sense of belongingness and fulfillment.
Such is also the story of Leizel Licaycay-Licayan, 29, of LGU San Fernando, City, La Union. Also a licensed professional teacher, she is now GAD Specialist III – a position she was able to earn by first starting as a GIP intern. 
“GIP gave me this opportunity to discover my potentials and prove my worth. I am excited to serve and deliver more, not only for my personal growth, but to the people of my city whom I am duty-bound to serve,” Licaycay-Licayan shares. 
Since the GIP’s inception in 2014, DOLE Regional Office 1 has already produced 11,878 GIP interns. 
“We are glad to note these success stories of our former GIP interns, who now personify the vision of the program –  to help build a strong and robust workforce for the Philippine Civil Service,” DOLE RO1 Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos said. 
“With the leadership of our Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, the DOLE is resolute in its mission to not only promote gainful employment opportunities, but foster dynamic human resources, which remains to be our country’s greatest resource,” RD Ramos underscored. END/Justin Paul Marbella with reports from Sherwin Abalos and Dionne Cleo Cruz. 

RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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