SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
A lawmaker lauded the enactment into law of his proposal institutionalizing the nationwide implementation of JobStart Philippines Program to help unemployed youth in their job search by enhancing their knowledge and skills acquired in formal education or technical training.
Re-elected Rep. Karlo Alexei B. Nograles (1st District, Davao City) said Republic Act 10869 or the JobStart Philippines Act aims to shorten the youth’s school to work transition, increasing their chances of integrating into productive employment.
“With the participation of the private sector and other stakeholders, the program will 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,” Nograles said.
“Another objective of the program is to further improve the delivery of employment facilitation services of the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs),” he added.
PESO is a community-based multi-employment service facility, linked to the regional offices DOLE for coordination and technical supervision, and to the DOLE central office to constitute the national employment service network.
“The approved measure is one of the House thrusts to increase employment and help the young become productive member of the society,” Nograles said.
The Program requires participants from 18 to 24 years old, high school graduate, not employed, neither studying nor undergoing training at the time of registration and with less than one year or no work experience.
The JobStart Program shall include full employment facilitation services such as registration, client assessment, life skills training with one-on-one career coaching, technical training, job matching, and referrals to employers either for further technical training, internship, or for decent employment.
With a maximum of 20 percent of its total workforce, an employer shall be allowed to take in JobStart trainee for a maximum period of three months or 600 hours and a commitment to pay at least seventy-five percent of the daily minimum wage for the relevant city or municipality.
Participating employers shall receive an amount per month per JobStart trainee to cover administration cost in managing the trainee, such amount to be determined by the DOLE.
The employer shall design and implement the training plan; submit monitoring and evaluation reports or other information on the trainee’s performance as may be required by the DOLE or the PESO; submit invoices to the PESO for reimbursement or liquidation of expenses, as the case may be, of training costs, internship stipend, and other administrative costs; and notify the PESO and the JobStart Unit of a trainee’s breach of contract or misconduct in the training premises prior to its decision to suspend or terminate the training.
The JobStart Philippines Act further define the duties and responsibilities of JobStart trainees and participating establishments, including the roles of Local Government Units (LGUs), PESOs, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The LGUs, through the PESOs, shall serve as the conduit of the DOLE in implementing the program at the local level.
An oversight Committee shall oversee the implementation of the JobStart Program, chaired by the DOLE, composed of representatives from the DILG, DSWD, NYC, TESDA, and representatives from the youth, employer, and labor sectors.
An annual progress report shall be transmitted to both Houses of Congress through the Secretary of Labor and Employment.
The Department of Labor and Employment as the implementing agency of the Program, in coordination with the concerned agencies, shall formulate the necessary rules and regulations to implement the provision of the proposed Act.