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TESDA-X absorbs DOLE-X intern


CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY--- Twenty-one year old Crystal Castillo never expected to work in government as a second year college student taking up Bachelor of Science in Criminology.  However, when his brother was profiled as child laborer this made way to her current employment.


Crystal’s brother was one of the profiled child laborers, conducted last year by the Cagayan de Oro City Field Office (CDO FO) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X). The profiling was done under the Department’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) which supports the Philippine Program Against Child Labor (2017-2022) or the national strategic framework that envisions a child labor-free Philippines. DOLE-X’s initiative of helping child laborers drawn out from hazardous work includes possible employment of his/her siblings through the Government Internship Program (GIP) and/or extension of livelihood assistance to the parents thru DILP (DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program) or TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged workers). Thus, this paved the way to Crystal’s internship with DOLE through TESDA.


Castillo was employed under the GIP from 19 November to 15 December 2019, and was assigned at Technical Education and Development Authority (TESDA-X) -Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office (Mis. Or. PFO).  She worked as their Competency Assessment support staff.  Even for just a short span of time, she managed to excel in her performance. Gaining an excellent rating during an evaluation conducted by TESDA-X Mis. Or. PFO Provincial Director Miraluna Baje-Lopez, she was absorbed as a Job Order right after her internship.


“Ms. Castillo is dedicated to her work and performs well in all task assigned to her. In her 20 days as GIP, she did well in her job, and was then personally recommended by our Provincial Director for employment as Job Order,” TESD Specialist II Miraluna T. Calibo said.


Even with much less in life, she did not lose hope and emerged enthusiastic especially in supporting her only brother. She is under the care of her grandmother and is the breadwinner since her father is currently in prison and their mother abandoned them.


“I am very glad for the opportunity that was given to me, most especially as beneficiary of the GIP, for I was able to support my brother financially. He no longer needs to be engaged in any work and can now focus his time and attention in his studies. I feel accomplished in this aspect since our parents are no longer supporting us both financially and physically,” Castillo said.


DOLE GIP Program is an internship opportunity for high school, technical-vocational and college graduates who wants to pursue a career in public service in either local or national government wherein interns are paid with the prevailing regional minimum wage.


End/Mary Joyce Abragan-Harnaiz with additional report from Peter Randy C. Gaquit/DOLE X-CDO FO




Ms. Castillo doing her daily work as Job Order at Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) - Misamis Oriental Provincial Office. (Photosource: Jasper Muit/DOLE-X CDO FO)




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