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JobStart Philippines Wave I Graduates Now Ready for the World of Work

Koronadal City – A total of 475 JobStart Philippines Program Wave 1 trainees are now ready to take on challenges in their chosen workplace after completing  the 2017 Wave 1 Life Skills Training and internship.

In the Jobstart Grand Graduation conducted in General Santos and Kidapawan City, JobStart Trainees expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Asian Development Bank and all participating employers who made it possible for them to succeed.

Jundelyn Sato, a JobStart Graduate and now a Senior High School Teacher on Hairdressing NCII specialization attested that before she availed the program, finding a job was scarce for someone like her who has no sufficient experience.

“JobStart made a big difference to my life, it paved the way for me to become confident through the Life Skills Training and be accepted as a teacher at the Kidapawan Technical School,” Sato said.

Robert Boothe, Public Management Specialist of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said the JobStart Philippines Program succeeded because of the support of different stakeholders.

“We now urge JobStart Graduates to continue to have a positive attitude towards the challenges, and do not be afraid to take risks because it might prevent people from knowing what you are capable of,” Boothe said.

DOLE 12 Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano, CESO IV also challenged the graduates to utilize what they have learned  and achieve their goals.

“DOLE will continue to assist our clients particularly the youth through this program and we hope that our partner stakeholders will also continue to be committed in helping our future beneficiaries,” RD Cano said.

JobStart Philippines is a program for young Filipinos that seek to integrate full-cycle employment facilitation service in their school-to-work transition in order to enhance their employability.


The facilitation of the school-to-work transition of the youth is one of the goals of the newly enacted Republic Act 10869 or JobStart Philippines Act of 2016. Signed last 29 June 2016, the law prepares jobseekers to be responsive to the demands of the labor market by improving the knowledge and skills they have acquired through formal education or technical training.


The program is open to those who are 18-24 years of age, Filipino Citizen, have at least reached high school level, not employed, enrolled, or undergoing training at the time of registration and  have no work experience or  have less than one (1) year of accumulated work experience. Upon registration, applicants must submit to the PESO the following documents: NSO birth certificate or any government issued identification card with birth date, high school and college diploma if applicable, transcript of records of highest educational level attainment and training certificates or national certification issued by TESDA if applicable.


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