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Gensan Out-of-School Youth Sees Hope in JobStart

Raffy Dozado, a 19 year old Out-of-School Youth (OSY) in General Santos City is now seizing the opportunity to reach for his dream to become a policeman someday through DOLE’s JobStart Program.

Raffy who is now a JobStart trainee for Joan’s Bakeshop located at Santiago Boulevard Corner Jorge Royeca Boulevard  believes that with the benefits he can avail through the said program his family can have a brighter future.

“Nagpasalamat gyud ko sa DOLE sa oportunidad nga ilang gihatag nako, abi nako dili na ko makapangita ug paagi para mahimong usa ka pulis. Karon nga naa ang JobStart ako gyud paningkamutan nga makatrabaho ug makatigum para sa akong handum (I am thankful for the opportunity given to me by DOLE, now my dream to become a policeman can be realized. I will persevere and save for my future,)” Raffy said.

Raffy said he is trying his best to pass the Housekeeping NC II technical training for possible regularization in his present employment.  He is a son of a construction worker who is also a 4 Ps beneficiary in this city.

 As for his employer, Joan Bakeshop Operations Manager Roy Robert Torres said that Raffy shows determination to improve in his work and lauded DOLE for the JobStart program which gives more options and opportunities to its beneficiaries.

“We are thankful that we have partnered with DOLE, it is somewhat our contribution to help OSYs.  It also provided sustainable opportunities to hire qualified and efficient workers,” Torres said.

The JobStart Philippines Program is a joint initiative of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Government of Canada for funding support and Asian Development Bank (ADB) and also in partnership with LGU-General Santos City for providing technical assistance. The program seeks to assist young Filipinos start their careers and find meaningful paid employment.

The JobStart Philippines Program aims to enhance the knowledge and skills acquired by jobseekers in formal education or technical training in order for them to become more responsive to the demands of the labor market. The program will also develop the life skills of the youth, including those relevant to the values of professionalism and work appreciation, and provide trainees with conducive and safe work environment or venue where they can apply relevant theories and proper work ethics.


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