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282 Fernandino Jobstart beneficiaries complete their Life Skills Training
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Some 282 young Fernandinos recently completed their Life Skills Training (LST) at the Orchidarium of the Orchids Garden Hotel and Resort in San Fernando City, Pampanga.
The LST is the second phase of the JobStart Philippines Program (JPP) that the youth-beneficiaries had to undergo after registering with the program just a month ago.
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the youth-beneficiaries have undergone the training to prepare them for the next stage of the program.
“Our youth-beneficiaries were trained for 10 days by the Institute for Integrality to develop their behavior, attitude, and values in preparing them throughout the course of this program. This training also will enable them to plan better career paths and effectively deal with challenges and demands of everyday work,” Dione explained.
City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago and Davao 1st District Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, along with trainers from the Institute for Integrality, led the distribution of LST certificates.
Joining them are Director Dione, City PESO Manager Donny Sayre, DOLE Pampanga Field Office head Arlene Tolentino, Bureau of Local Employment’s (BLEs) Jerry Abordo, and other local officials.   
Management representatives of all 20 JobStart partner-employers were also present to witness the LST graduation ceremony and facilitated the Job Matching and Selection session afterwards.
In his message, Mayor Santiago cited the importance of convergence in the implementation of the JobStart Program and its impact on employment and learning opportunities to the beneficiaries.
“We believe in collaborative efforts with the DOLE and other government agencies when it comes to uplifting the lives of the people of San Fernando. To our young Fernandinos present to receive their LST certificates today, you will have the opportunity to be trained with additional skills and be immersed in the real world of work through the JobStart Program. We are hopeful, that many of you, towards the end of this program, land permanent jobs with our partner employers,” Santiago said.
Guest of honor Rep. Nograles, for his part, shared updates on the JobStart Philippines Program implementation and how far it has gone in addressing youth unemployment.
“Recent survey shows that youth unemployment went down by 298,000. This means that this same figure of youths either have gone back to school to pursue their studies or are now working with full-time jobs. The JobStart, which has already benefited 2,475 Jobstart-graduate beneficiaries at the national level, has contributed to the full-time employment for quite a number of these individuals,” Nograles said.
Nograles, who co-authored the JobStart Law, lauded the youth-beneficiaries and encouraged them to take the opportunity in honing their skills and finish the program.
“To our Millennials, “Kayo ang tunay na star.” Mapalad po ang cuidad ng San Fernando, Pampanga dahil ito po ang isa sa mga pilot sites ng JobStart. You are now set to take on the next phase of this program which is technical training for the next 3 months. Sana, palawigin ang kakayahan ninyo habang nandito kayo sa programang ito,” Nograles said, adding:
“Dito sa Pilipinas, ang hinaing ng bawat Pilipino ay kawalan ng trabaho dahil kung may trabaho ka, kung saan kaya mong itaguyod ang inyong pamilya na may dignidad sa pagiging produktibo, yan ang inihahandog ng JobStart. Sana, isa-loob ninyo ang life skills na natutunan dahil ito ay makakatulong sa inyong personalidad, magkaroon ng wastong kakayahan sa paghanap ng trabaho, at maging laging job-ready, Good luck sa inyong lahat.”
The JobStart Program empowers those driven to pursue self-excellence no matter what circumstances you have in life, says youth-beneficiary and person with disability, Paulo Lopez.
“Ako po ay nagpapasalamat sa JobStart Program dahil sa kabila ng aking kapansanan, ako po ay napasama dito at marami po akong natutunan sa aming life skills training. Ang hangad ko lang po ay magkaroon ng permanenteng trabaho upang makatulong sa aking pamilya,” Lopez said.
Lopez, who has hearing impairment and an Information Technology graduate from the Don Honorio Ventura Technical State College, urged young eligible jobseekers to join the JobStart Program.
“Sana, marami pang kabataan na nagnanais magkaroon ng karagdagang kaalaman at trabaho ay sumali sa programang ito kahit ano pa ang sitwasyon nila sa buhay. Sa mga kapwa kong kabataan na nasa ganito ring sitwasyon, hindi handling ang ating kapansanan para tuparin ang ating mga pangarap.”
After the awarding of LST certificates, a Memorandum of Understanding between the DOLE and partner employers was initiated, followed by a Job Matching and Selection with the youth-beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries will be undertaking the Technical Training (lecture/hands-on) for about 3 months within the premises of the program’s partner-employer or a technical training provider.
Just like in their Life Skills Training, all beneficiaries will be receiving allowances for the entire duration of their Technical Training with the partner-employers.
The beneficiaries will later undertake their 3-month internship with partner-employers and receive a stipend from them not less than 75 percent of the prevailing minimum wage.
The JobStart Philipines Program is an employment facilitation initiative of the DOLE with funding support by the Canadian Government and technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The program is open to “at-risk” Filipino youths, 18 – 24 years old, at least a high school graduate, not employed, studying or undergoing training, and less than 1 year unemployed.
The program seeks to assist young Filipinos start their careers and find meaningful paid employment.
The next JobStart Program site in Central Luzon will be in Marilao, Bulacan.
END/Jerry Borja



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