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DOLE 6 holds forum with JobStart Program partners

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region 6 and Iloilo Provincial Public Employment Service Office held last Tuesday, August 15, a forum to would-be partners of the JobStart Philippines Program as its implementation commenced in the province of Iloilo.


Twenty-three employers representing the various sectors/industries in Iloilo province i.e. manufacturing, hotels and restaurants, ICT-BPM, construction, academe and wholesale and retail trade have participated in the forum aimed at orienting them on the rationale of the program as well as their roles, qualifications and requirements when they join in its implementation as employer-partners, as well as to get their commitment or pledges as participating employers.


The participants were initially identified based on their track record on labor laws compliance, one of the requirements to qualify as program partners.


As employer-partners, they shall design and implement the training plan; enter into contract with JobStart trainees; provide practical training; pay internship stipend of at least seventy-five per cent of the daily  minimum wage; encourage development of personality and professionalism among the trainees; protect trainees from physical or moral danger; submit monitoring and evaluation reports; submit invoices for reimbursement; and, notify the PESO of trainee’s breach of contract or misconduct in the training premises prior to its decision to suspend or terminate the training.

As employer-partners, they will be provided an administrative fee of P1,000 per trainee per month that will cover the administrative cost in managing the trainee.


The program will also pay the total training cost including the trainer’s fee, materials, and trainees’ allowances.


The JobStart Program enhances the employability of at-risk youth by helping them get a head start on their career. It specifically aims to assist the school-to-work transition of the at-risk youth by giving them a chance to improve their technical skills acquired through formal education and develop life skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive workplace.


At-risk youth are those high school graduates who are not employed, studying nor undergoing training at the time of the registration, between 18 to 24 years old and have less than one year experience.


Under this program, the job starters or trainees will undergo a ten-day life skills training focusing on attitudes to work and workplace environment; job hunting skills and networking; personal branding and interpersonal skills; and, time, health, conflict and financial management. They will receive P200 per day while on training.


If, after assessment, they are not yet job ready, they will undergo two to three months technical training where they will receive P200 per day and/or internship for two to three months where they will be paid seventy-five percent of the daily minimum wage.



Ms. Cristina Lozano, Senior Trade Specialist, Asian Development Bank, DOLE’s partner in the JobStart Program, delivers a message during the opening program. She thanked partner-employers for taking seriously their corporate social responsibility which contribute to the success of this program.


Around 200 jobstarters or trainees are targeted to benefit in the initial implementation of this program in the Province of Iloilo this 2017.



Other partners in this program include the Government of Canada, which provides the funds, and Asian Development Bank for the technical assistance.

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