Pasay launches jobstart program for unemployed youth

Published June 18, 2021, 1:29 PM

by Jean Fernando

The Pasay City government launched the JobStart Philippines program designed to give job seekers especially the youth the necessary skills and training that will enhance their employability.

The project is in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Asian Development Bank, and the city’s Public Employment Services Office (PESO) as main implementer.

Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said they came up with the program together with the office of Cong. Antonino Calixto to help the unemployed at-risk youth prepare and improve their integration into productive employment.

“Gusto po nating ihanda ang ating mga kabataan, lalo na iyong medyo naliligaw ng landas at mabigyan sila ng tsansa para sa mas tahimik at produktibong buhay at mamamayan ng lungsod,” (We want to prepare our youth especially those at-risk and give them a chance to become productive citizen of the city), Rubiano said.

Rubiano said the program was based on Republic Act No, 10869, entitled “An Act Institutionalizing the Nationwide Implementation of the JobStart Philippines Program and Providing Funds Therefor” or otherwise known as the JobStart Philippines Act.

The DOLE started the nationwide implementation of the program in 2015 and its main focus is to help the Filipino youth who are unemployed due to the lack of skills or experience which employers require.

Under Pasay’s JobStart program, beneficiaries will be given training to develop the life skills that are relevant to the value of professionalism and work appreciation in preparation for their integration into the labor market.

The program consists of four phases that include, client registration and client assessment, 10-day life skills training, technical training, and internship both with a maximum period of three months.

Throughout the duration of the program, they will receive a corresponding allowance and stipend for them to fully imbibe the lessons from their training that include the following:

Life skills training mobile data allowance per beneficiary, P300 per day for 10 days, GSIS Basic Accident Insurance.

While for technical training, beneficiaries will receive medical allowance of P1,000, swab testing allowance of P500, P500 for security permits and P200 communication allowance.

Also, they will receive technical training grant of P12,000, technical training stipend P300 per day for 66 days, and employer’s administration fee of P1,500 per month.

Those qualified to join the program are Pasay residents between 18 to 25 years old, college graduate or undergraduate, high school and senior high school graduates, and even out-of-school youth.