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At-risk youths finish Life Skills Training, ready to face new challenges

One hundred twenty-four youth-trainees, also called jobStarters, recently graduated from the 10-day Life Skills Training (LST), the first phase of the JobStart Program currently implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment Region 6 in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, in partnership with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO).


The 10-day LST, one of the three components of JobStart Program, provided the jobStarters with work ethics and social skills which the employers have repeatedly pointed out as critical to survive and succeed in today’s competitive world of work. These life skills enhance the jobseekers’ employability by helping them to be ready and prepared for the world of work.


In her message, DOLE Negros Occidental Field Office Head Mary Agnes N. Capigon expressed her gratefulness to all the people who helped bring and implement the program in San Carlos City.


“Today is such a special day not only for us in DOLE but, more importantly, for the graduates. The goal of JobStart is really to help the youth become employable and competent, and, today, I can see in the faces of our graduates that they are ready for the challenges that they may encounter in their search for employment.”


Capigon also lauded the dedication and hard work demonstrated by the graduates to complete the journey.


San Carlos City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor, Jr. thanked the DOLE and all partners for choosing his City as another area for the implementation of the JobStart Program. He assured everyone that as Mayor of San Carlos, he will give his full support and cooperation for the program’s success.


“You have my 100% support in this program. Together, let us work for the people of San Carlos. Let us continue to change the lives of the City’s future leaders and professionals,” he said.


One of the jobstarters shared her thoughts during the ceremony.


She thanked the DOLE and LGU-San Carlos City for implementing the program in their area. She said JobStart has taught them a lot about themselves which will have long-term impacts in their search for the right career.


“We are very thankful to the DOLE, LGU-San Carlos City, and all partners for helping us become more job-ready through JobStart. We are looking forward to finding employment so that we can be testimonies of the program’s success,” Jessa said.


The PESO San Carlos City-initiated jobfair followed right after the LST graduation wherein 14 local employers with a total of 277 vacancies participated in. The vacancies include call center agents, sales personnel/representatives, stock clerks, and cashiers, among others.


According to San Carlos City PESO Manager Delia Camasura, after the jobfair 44 graduates, or 35 per cent of them were already recommended for final interview, which means that they were qualified and considered for the positions they applied for.


“We are looking forward that most, if not all, of the 44 graduates considered for final interview will be hired. Thanks to the program, the employment process was made easy and accessible to the JobStarters,” she said.


As for the other graduates, they will move to the next phase of the program, the three-month Technical Training with partner employers and other accredited technical-vocational training institutions, and another three-month company-based internship.

124 JobStarters, now LST graduates, pose with officials from DOLE, LGU-San Carlos City, Institute for Integrality and other program partners.



The JobStarters may be absorbed or hired by the partners at any point during the technical training or internship phase.


While on training, they will receive P200 daily allowance. While undergoing internship, they will be paid 75% of the prevailing minimum wage rate in Region 6.


JobStart Philippines Program is undertaken by the DOLE, in partnership with the PESO as the implementer, the Asian Development Bank which provides technical assistance, and the Government of Canada for the funding. The goal of the program is to shorten the school-to-work transition of at-risk youth-beneficiaries by making them more employable through training and internship.

Dir. Cyril L. Ticao
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