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CDO JOBSTART Wave 3 graduates; increased chances of employment.


Cagayan de Oro City --- 45 Jobstarters successfully graduated from the full cycle or six months life-skills training and 104 received their Certificates of Participation for the Wave 3 implementation of Jobstart Program Cagayan de Oro (CDO) Philippines at the activity center of Centrio Mall, this city on 20 July 2018.


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 currently institutes the first site of the Jobstart program in the region, being one of the top performing Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) in the country.  The CDO Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Job Placement Center (JPC) of the Local Government Unit (LGU) has undertaken four waves which placed a total of 420 youths. The JPC or the PESO of CDO has received recognitions as top performing PESO/LGU through the years.


Likewise, DOLE-X Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao lauded the graduates of participating the flagship program of DOLE – in enabling the youth to reduce their school to work transition. He advised the Jobstarters that graduation is not the end of the training under the program but the start of life as member of the workforce. In support, DOLE-X OIC-Assistant Regional Director Estrella U. Pahalla, in her opening message, emphasized that the program is a testimony that the jobstarters undergoing various career development modules that develop their skills, capabilities and even talents that allow them adequacy and preparedness as they enter the “WOW” or the world of work.


Moreover, Technical Education Skills Development Authority, Region X (TESDA-X) OIC-Regional Director Tarhata S. Mapandi guided the graduates to not lose hope because they can simply take options either to retool or upgrade or add skills. Dir. Mapandi advised the graduates to enroll in the available technical-vocational courses of TESDA. She also motivated the graduates to increase their knowledge and skills to increase their chances of employability.


In response Mayor Moreno was elated with the positive response from the youth seeking work. He was positive to report that the city will be launching its Tech-Voc Institute campus located in Barangay Agusan which will cater the public who opts to be honed more on vocation-technical courses. He also encouraged the graduates to go back to formal education system, being considered as most desirable and necessary to improve their capacities. The Mayor was happy to note that they have just implemented the 4th wave.


Graduate Marivic Puclawan, in her testimony, expressed gratitude to the JobStart program and shared her success to everyone. Puclawan thought she was just going to get her Housekeeping NC II certificate for skills enhancement when her school advised her to to join to the LGU Cagayan de Oro’s JobStart program. She thought she was going to Canada [the government of Canada as one of the program’s financial arm of support] having seen the program’s tarpaulin signage. Little did she know that it was an opportunity for her to reach her dreams into reality when she recounted, “Wala gyud nako damha na ma-kabot nako karon akong pangandoy.” She is now hired as a regular employee, being the kitchen assistant of N Hotel, which she was an intern for four months through JobStart. “They discovered my potential, which I also did not know I have in me the skills to cook and garnish food,” she appreciatively shared. Likewise, she also felt fulfilled and motivated when her supervisor assigned her to train her new co-workers.


Marivic disclosed that at six years old, she lost her mother and her father re-married thereafter. As the youngest of five siblings, she was obliged to face the hardships of life at a very early age. Fortunately, a church leader and a school principal took her as a working student who introduced her TESDA’s Alternative Learning System and enrolled her to the housekeeping course.


Currently, Marivic is living with her elder sister within the city and humbly shared that she sends half of her salary to her father and some to her sister for the utilities. Humbled by her early beginnings of hardwork, she dreams of working abroad someday in hotels/restaurants to achieve her longtime plan of building her own house with three floors and a livestock business.   


The activity was also graced by CDO PESO Manager Kathleen Kate Sorilla and DOLE-X Cagayan de Oro City Field Office Chief Ebba B. Acosta.


End/Franz Narcisus R.Lacson /Jobstart/ DOLE-X Western Misamis Oriental PFO



DOLE-X OIC-Assistant Regional Director Estrella U. Pahalla gives her message during the JobStart Philippines Wave 3 Graduation on 20 July 2018 at the Atrium, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. (Photo source: MED/DOLE-X)


DOLE-X Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao (top) gives his message and (bottom) awards the Certificate of Completion to the graduates of the JobStart Philippines Wave 3 graduates on July 20, 2018 at the Atrium, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. (Photo source: MED/DOLE-X)


The graduation of the JobStart Philippines Wave 3 on July 20, 2018 at the Atrium, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. (Photo source: MED/DOLE-X)


JobStart Philippines Wave 3 graduate Marivic Puclawan shares her success story during the graduation rites on July 20, 2018 at the Atrium, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. (Photo source: MED/DOLE-X)



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