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JobStart Philippines Expands in General Santos City

General Santos City - In a bid to enhance the employability of at-risk youth in the region,  the Local Government Unit (LGU) of General Santos City recently signed a Memorandum of Undertaking (MOU) with the Department of Labor and Employment in the implementation of JobStart Philippines which is a flagship program and implemented with technical assistance from the Government of Canada and Asian Development Bank (ADB)

In the MOU Signing, DOLE XII Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano, CESO IV emphasized the importance of the program which aims to improve the labor market information available to youth by strengthening PESO capacity to offer timely, accurate information on job vacancies and needed skills and assist with job searches.

“With JobStart we can provide youths access to technical and life skills training demanded by employers, opportunities for work experience with learning on-the-job, and mentor for improving job searches and their outcomes.  We appreciate the support of LGU Gensan under the leadership of Mayor Rivera in the implementation of the program,” RD Cano said.

General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera on the other hand expressed his optimism on the said DOLE program and gave an assurance that the LGU will continue to support the agency.

LGU-Kidapawan was also chosen for the said program and preparation for the MOU signing is underway.  Region 12 was allotted with 400 slots for JobStart Philippines.

JobStart Philippines also aims to shorten the youth’s school to work transition by enhancing  the knowledge and skills acquired in formal education or technical  training by job seekers in order for them to become more responsive to the demands of the labor market.  With the participation of the private sector and other stakeholders, the program will also help develop the life skills of the youth, including those relevant to the values of professionalism and work appreciation, and provide trainees  with a conducive and safe work environment or venue where they can apply relevant theories  and code of ethics .

Eligible criteria to be used by the PESOs in the registration and selection of beneficiaries  include at –risk youth who are 18-24 years of age, at least reached high school, with no less than a year of work experience and who are currently enrolled employed, in education, or in training program.


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