For Russel Vilog, her stint at the DOLE’s Government Internship Program, or GIP, has reinforced her passion to serve.
True to her testimony, the GIP–and the things she learned from being an intern – has fuelled her desire to serve her townmates just as she is determined to help her family.
The 27 year old native of Calaoa-an, Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur is now a Market Inspector of the said local government unit. She is one of the successful interns of the program who successfully progressed into a full-time or permanent employee.
Russel recounted that before landing her current job, she had to prove in every step that she was worth it.
In 2011, she got her first job as Invoice Clerk in a private company in Manila. But because of her desire to work in government, she resigned and returned home, and visited the LGU of Sta. Cruz to look for work.
Since there was no vacancies yet in the LGU of Sta. Cruz, she served as a volunteer from August 2013 to May 2014.
Russel became an intern on 2 June to 28 November 2014, at the Office of the Mayor of Sta. Cruz. She was tasked to prepare mayor’s clearance, certifications, business permits, tricycle permits, recommendations and endorsements, affidavits and vouchers; encoding, recording and filing of documents; monitoring and printing of emails from different government/private agencies and encoding of PESO reports.
“When I became an intern, prospects became brighter, not only because I started to receive some remuneration, but more so, I felt a sense of belongingness and fulfillment,” Russel shared.
For her hardwork and perseverance, Russel was employed by the LGU as a job order employee in 2015; a regular-casual employee from March 2015 to February 2016, until she was finally hired as a permanent employee in March 2016.
“I am very thankful to the DOLE and the LGU of Sta. Cruz for the opportunity. My heart is full of happy and inspiring recollections that continue to fuel my desire to serve my townmates just as I am determined to help my family,” Russel said.
The DOLE GIP engages youth who are between 18 and 25 years old and at least high school or vocational-technical graduate in government work for a maximum period of six months. The interns receive a stipend equivalent to 75 percent of the prevailing minimum wage.
The DOLE regional office facilitate and supervise the program implementation, including the assignment of interns in government offices.
END/Tim Laderas with a report from Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez