Unemployment rate in the Philippines has spiked to 6.6 percent in January, based on data from the Philippine Statistics Agency (PSA).
It is a 1.9 percent increase from 4.7 percent in October last year, which translates to around 2.04 million Filipinos who are jobless.
For this reason, the Department of Labor and Employment has launched different projects including the JobStart Philippines program. It aims to hone the skills of the youth and help them find jobs, especially the out-of-school youth.
Jobstreet program is a collaborative project of DOLE, Asian Development Bank and Canadian International Development Agency.
This morning, a total of 588 youth graduated from the program. They are the first batch of beneficiaries of DOLE’s rollout program who hails from different parts of the country.
The project’s beneficiaries underwent months-long life skills training, technical training and company based internship while receiving compensation.
DOLE Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod said most of those who enrolled in the JobStart program have already found jobs or are absorbed as regular employees.
“Of the 588, the 584 are already employed permanently. Most of them are our out-of-school youth trainees,” USec. Maglunsod said.
Jherico Quiton, a high school graduate, is one of the program’s beneficiaries who has already been hired.
“I am really happy because this is a great help for people like me who find it difficult to be hired,” Quiton said.
Some of the partner companies or employers of the program have also been recognized.
The JobStart Philippines Act or Republic Act 10869 has been signed into law in June 2016. It is open to out-of-school or unemployed youth aged 18 to 24.
DOLE, meanwhile, plans to bring the program to all parts of the country.
“As of now, we only cater to National Capital Region, Region 3 and Region 4A but we will expand this to other regions, to a nationwide scope.” the labor undersecretary said.
Meanwhile, there are also available jobs for those unemployed.
“There are 10,000 jobs available. It’s really many. Most of these are in the service industry. There are also jobs in manufacturing, construction and spas. Just Google it. philjobnet.gov.ph. You can see there the available jobs,” Maglunsod said. — Leslie Longboen | UNTV News and Rescue
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