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100 Manolo Fortich youth complete DOLE JobStart full-cycle; DOLE ASEC Tutay leads graduation ceremon


Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon --- Some 100 youth graduated from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) - JobStart Philippine Program (JSP), wave two implementation hosted by Manolo Fortich Local Government Unit (LGU), DOLE- Bureau of Local Employment Assistant Secretary Dominique “Nikki” Rubia-Tutay led the graduation ceremony on 26 November 2021 at the Municipal Gymnasium, here.


DOLE-X Assistant Regional Director Estrella U. Pahalla said this year’s JSP- wave 2 implementation in Manolo Fortich placed 100 trainees through a Memorandum of Agreement with the 15 local partner-employers. She said the Department is pleased to inform the public on the 100% completion rate of the full-cycle or six months training on (1) life-skills, (2) technical training, and (3) internship producing 31 trainees employed by the respective partner-employers. 


ASEC Tutay said the JSP full-cycle graduation was notable being the first physical graduation ceremony rites conducted in the country since the start of the pandemic. She acknowledged the continued efforts of all the implementers, partner-employers and all the lives put at risk in this pandemic to continue serving the people and boost the employment facilitation.


“We appreciate your commitment to help our Filipino youth hone their skills and bring out their best potential as we prepare them to the world of work. The confidence and all the things you have learned in the trainings and the hands-on experiences you have gathered during internship will lead you to your continued success even after your JobStart journey,” Tutay said.


Likewise, town Mayor Clive D. Quiño was elated by the positive results of the program.


“JobStart program made these youth become competitive in the labor market because of the trainings they have undergone. The program also reduced the job search period of the youths after finishing their degree because many of them were already placed and absorbed by the employers,” Quiño said.


Moreover, 24-year-old trainee-graduate Kristel Mae dela Cruz completed her full cycle training at East-West Company, Incorporated, as an Action Research Assistant shared how the program helped her professionally, “One of my top priorities as a fresh graduate is to land a job, unfortunately, because of the pandemic many establishments temporarily stopped operating and employment became a challenge got even worst especially for us who do not have yet the experience and skills required by the company. Gratefully, JSP gave us an opportunity to gain some skills through trainings and gather hands-on experiences in the company.”


Also, 22-year-old JobStarter Leo Jaraula, completed his full-cycle training as a Content Writer and was employed by AV Creativity Studio as one of the administrators. He said he is very much grateful because JSP changed him to become a better version of himself.


“Without JSP, maybe most of us were still loiterers out there. Our experiences and learnings in this program are not put in vain, especially these will equip in becoming productive workers,” Jaraula said.


In support during the ceremony were Vice Governor Rogelio Quiño; Sanguniang Bayan members headed by Vice Mayor Miguel Demata; TESDA-X Bukidnon Provincial Chief Loel Mañigo; DOLE RO-X officials spearheaded by Assistant Regional Director Estrella U. Pahalla with the Provincial Field Office Chiefs of Bukidnon – Raul L. Valmores; OIC-Chief of Lanao del Norte lawyer Safrali Cabili; Misamis Oriental – Errol A. Natividad; and Camiguin OIC-Chief Arlyn Z. Bael.


The graduation ceremony was done to recognize the efforts of both the JobStarters and partner employers for their unwavering support and dedication of improving the employability of the youth and granting them the greater chances of being productive members of the labor market.


JobStart enhances employability of youth by reducing their job-search period and increasing their employability through training (life skills and technical skills required by industries), paid internship and full-cycle employment facilitation services. The program is also designed to increase the capacity of Public Employment Service Office (PESOs) in providing full-cycle employment facilitation services.


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


End/Jesuriz E. Mabaso/DOLE-X Bukidnon Provincial Field Office



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