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CDO JOBSTART Wave 5 graduates; 97 youth boost chances of employment

Cagayan de Oro City --- 97 Jobstarters successfully finished the full cycle or six months life-skills training and received their Certificates of Participation for the Wave 5 implementation of Jobstart Program Cagayan de Oro (CDO) Philippines at the Xentro function area, this city on 18 December 2019.


The full cycle of employment facilitation of the Kagay-anon JobStart graduates comprises of program interventions of career guidance and employment coaching, trainings on Labor Market Investment, client assessment and its three phases of life skills training, on-the-job training, and internship program observing work ethics. JobStart Philippines is a program of the DOLE, funded by the Government of Canada with technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank, aims to enhance the employability of “at-risk youth,” or the youth 18-24 years of age, at least a high school graduate, currently not enrolled in school or in any training, but actively seeking work. The program assists them in making informed career decisions, and by giving them a chance to improve their life skills necessary to succeed in today’s competitive world of work.


On CY 2015, CDO Mayor Oscar S. Moreno accepted the challenge to implement the program in Cagayan de Oro City which instituted the first site of the Jobstart program in the region, and emerged as among the top performing Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) in the country.  In 2019, the CDO Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Job Placement Center (JPC) of the Local Government Unit (LGU) once again successfully undertaken the fifth wave which has already been proven successful in terms of employment facilitation. The JPC or the PESO of CDO has received recognitions as top performing PESO/LGU through the years. The LGU was commended for localization of program implementation, besting the rest of the PESOs nationwide.


Likewise, DOLE-X Regional Director lawyer Joffrey M. Suyao lauded the graduates of participating the flagship program of DOLE – in enabling the youth to reduce their school to work transition and at the same time, improve their employability. He emphasized that the success of the program helped resolved the perennial problem of job-skills mismatch which boost local employment. In support, DOLE-X Assistant Regional Director Estrella U. Pahalla, emphasized that the program is likened to the acronym of ACE. A-achievement, C-commitment, E-education as essential program elements that allow the good job opportunities for the jobstarters.


In response, Mayor Moreno said that the government is not doing all these programs for the figures but to produce better lives of his constituents through inclusive growth. Mayor Moreno has always been elated with the results of the Jobstart Program. Since day one, he continually motivates the youth and likened them to a sponge which means generating positive absorptive attitude on skills, knowledge and at the same time be responsive to opportunities.


Jobstarter Rafaela L. Cabrido was one of the graduates and was able to enhance her skills in customer relations upon finishing the life skills training. Rafaela admitted she got depressed when she was not able to find a good job right after graduating from Bachelor of Science (BS) in Technology Communications Management in the University of Science and Technology in the Philippines (USTP) last year. “I felt insecured with my abilities and was pressured of being a student leader,” she said. When a classmate invited her to join the program, she realized that Jobstart Program was indeed a stepping stone for her career. Having gained work experience and enhanced her skills as an apprentice at the Fil-Global Immigration, Rafaela was also able to financially aid her family from the stipend she received. As the third of four siblings, she helped in sending her younger brother to school and dreamed of buying her father a family-owned taxi cab to augment his income instead of renting one.


Cabrido received the Most Goal-Driven Trainee Award from Fil-Global Immigration during her college graduation. She is looking forward to a long term career opportunity in the company.


The same with Jobstarter Joseph Tee who lost hope on himself having been unemployed for three months even after graduating from BS in Information Technology in Cagayan de Oro College last March 2019. Although Joseph joined late with the program, his low-morale was replaced with self-confidence after finishing the life skills training. “I can now talk to anyone in the workplace with confidence in my abilities without sacrificing my respect towards them,” he said. As a self-supporting worker, even as a student, Joseph claimed he can now stand on his own. As an intern at Motormate, he can see a long term career path for himself.


The Jobstart trainees received an allowance for the duration of life skills and technical skills training. Moreover, they shall undertake internship program with establishments for a maximum period of three months with stipend of not less than 75% of the prevailing minimum wage in the locality.


For Wave 5, DOLE-X and LGU CDO commended the eight partner employers for their continued support to the program, (1) N Hotel; (2) Kumon, Tomas Saco; (3) Kumon, Kauswagan; (4) Fil-Global Immigration Services, Corp.; (5) Motormate Merchandising Company, Inc.; (6) Caprice Enterprises (VIP Hotel and Best Bake Bakeshop); (7) Oro Gadgets, Inc.; and (8) Ororama Supercenter. Northern Mindanao is bent on passing increased youth employability and youth employment.


End/Mildred E. Dablio/DOLE-X




(Top photo, left) DOLE-X Assistant Regional Director Estrella U. Pahalla, (top, right) and DOLE-X Regional Director lawyer Joffrey M. Suyao (2nd from right, bottom photo) congratulate the Jobstart Philippines Wave 5 graduates on 18 December 2019 at Xentro Hotel, Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City. (Photo source: DOLE-X/MED)


Jobstart Philippines Program Wave 5 graduate Rafaela L. Cabrido entertains a client during her internship at Fil-Global Immigration Services Corp. (Photo source: LGU CDO PESO)



Jobstart Philippines Program Wave 5 graduate Joseph Tee (rightmost) changes tires during his internship at Motormate Merchandising Company Incorporated. Though an IT graduate, he learned an additional skill, enriching his work experience. Tee also learned to operate the tire-changing machine. (Photo source: LGU CDO PESO)


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