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DOLE Government Internship Program’s beneficiary lives his dream

Twenty-one years old Dino V. Porcioncula opted to experience work in the government immediately after earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. He said he was so enthusiastic to have a job immediately after graduation and the opportunity to work in the government through the Government Internship Program (GIP) was a perfect timing.


He was assigned at the Technical Support Services Division (TSSD) of the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 6. He assisted in the evaluation of documents of SPES or the Special Program for Employment of Students.


“It (task) wasn’t as easy as others may think it is. Although the work was not too technical, but we were made to feel that every task in the Department is important. We felt our significance,” he said.


Dino was a GIP intern from April to October 2017. His dream is to help his parents (his father is a laborer and his mother is a housewife) send his younger sibling to school.


“At first, I only wanted to work. Then, when I started to work at the DOLE, I wanted to be a government employee. In DOLE, I learned to have passion for what I do and that is public service. The passion that I have witnessed from my co-employees is contagious, and as an intern, I thought it is just proper to give the same passion as theirs,” Dino said when asked why he decided to work as a GIP intern.


For a short period of six months, Dino demonstrated laudable performance as a SPES evaluator. Because of this, the DOLE RO6 decided to absorb him as project-based employee for the JobStart program.


“His talents and skills are what the government looks for in an employee. He works fast and goes the extra mile. Another factor why we decided to absorb him is that he is already familiar with how the Office works,” said Austine Shane J. Fantilaga, DOLE RO6 JobStart Focal Person when asked why the Office absorbed Dino as a project-based employee.


Dino was only one of the 100 interns who were absorbed by several government agencies which implemented GIP here in Region 6 in 2017.


“I may say that the program is not perfect. It has still many rooms for improvement. However, one significant learning I have acquired during my internship period was that government service is a good venue for diverse learning. It entails a lot of sacrifices, but I would say they are few of the sweetest sacrifices I have done in my life,” Dino said.


For 2017, DOLE Region 6 engaged a total of 1,852 poor/indigent high school, tech-voc and college graduates to earn the necessary work experience in the government.

Dir. Cyril L. Ticao
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