Sen. Bam vows to work for ‘Trabaho Center’ bill

Published April 8, 2019, 6:37 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

Reelectionist Sen. Bam Aquino has committed to pursue the pas­sage of a measure that will help ensure job availability for K-12 and college students once they receive their diploma.

“Kasunod ng pagsusulong na­tin ng batas sa libreng kolehiyo, nais naman nating tiyakin na may siguradong trabaho ang mga graduate sa tulong ng Trabaho Centers (After pursuing a law on free college education, we now want to make sure that gradu­ates will have jobs through the Trabaho Centers),” said Sen. Bam, the principal sponsor of the Free College Law.

“Nakapaghain na tayo ng ba­tas na maglalagay ng Trabaho Centers sa ating mga pampub­likong paaralan. Mahalaga lang na masigurong maisasabatas ito sa susunod na Kongreso (I have filed a bill creating Trabajo Centers in public schools. It is important to make sure that this bill will pass in the next Congress),” he said.

In the 17th Congress, Sen. Bam filed Senate Bill No. 1278 or Trabaho Center Bill, which seeks to establish job placement offices in public high schools and state universities and colleges (SUCs).

The measure mandates the es­tablishment of a Trabaho Center in every public high school and SUC with main services that include: industry matching, career counsel­ing, and employment facilitation.

The legislation aims to address the skills mismatch and ensure employability of students upon graduation by using feedback from employers to better develop the school’s curriculum and training programs.

“Sa tulong ng Trabaho Centers, pagtatagpuin ang mga kompanya na naghahanap ng trabaho at mga estudyanteng naghahanap ng trabaho (With the help of Trabaho Centers, we will provide a link between companies and job seek­ers),” he said.

The senator believes that the passage of the Trabaho Center Bill is the next step to ensure employ­ment for all graduates who benefit­ted from the Free College Law.