Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, highlighting the DOLE’s major achievements in the past five years under President Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration, yesterday said that the DOLE has provided fresh impetus to achieving inclusive growth by focusing on talented young workers, inviting them to obtain work experience in government through the Government Internship Program (GIP).
“The DOLE, under the directive of the President, has breathed new life into the GIP. For quite some years previous, the program stood in the shadows, with the country not realizing its full potential and advantage,” Baldoz said.
“It was in 2013, when the government allocated a budget of P500 million that a new breed of young public servants from all walks of life were able to join the department as interns under the GIP,” she recalled.
The DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment reported that the number of GIP beneficiaries in 2014 reached 22,522, or more than 112 percent increase from the 198 beneficiaries in 2013.
For 2015, the government has allocated another P511 million for the program, for a national target of 7,131 beneficiaries. As of June 2015, the interns placed have reached 7,321, or 102.66 percent accomplishment rate. As for the second semester of the year, the government sees to place 1,474 more interns.
“Through the GIP, we enable young and talented Filipino youth join the DOLE and other government agencies for them to get a feel of government work. This is opening up equal opportunities even for the youth in far-flung communities,” Baldoz said.
The GIP is a component of the government’s Kabataan 2000 project under Executive Order No. 139 Series of 1993, which aimed to provide opportunities for young workers to serve the general public through the projects and services of government agencies and offices at both local and national level.
Under the GIP revised guidelines, the BLE shall provide technical support to other participating government agencies, in coordination with the National Youth Commission; establish and maintain the DOLE-GIP database of beneficiaries; monitor the progress of implementation; submit accomplishment and assessment reports to the program secretariat and to DBM; and provide forms and templates for the GIP implementation.
At the local level, the DOLE regional offices shall facilitate and supervise the program implementation; determine the distribution of necessary interns in government agencies per Congressional district subject to DBM and COA rules; assign interns of the DOLE functions enumerated in the guidelines; determine, process, and facilitate the payment of stipends/allowances of the interns and their engagement in government agencies; and submit monthly GIP monitoring form and list of beneficiaries to the BLE.
“The DOLE-GIP training goes beyond exposing and training the interns in a government office setting. It also provides them an opportunity to demonstrate their talents and skills in the field of public service. We want to attract the best and the brightest who want to pursue a career in government service, particularly in the fields and disciplines related to labor and employment,” Baldoz said.
To qualify, interns should be at least high school or technical or vocational graduate and between 18 to 25 years old.
Selected interns shall be trained in the DOLE’s public service functions and operations, which include profiling of child laborer/s in the barangay; encoding of Skills Registry System registrants; providing assistance to LGU and/or public school staff; and other non-technical functions.
Under the revised guidelines, the DOLE interns shall receive allowances amounting to 75 percent of the existing minimum wage applicable to their assigned DOLE agencies/offices.
“This internship program is a dress rehearsal on the real work of a frontline public servant and will enable them to discover what they can do to contribute to the country as part of the future workforce of the government bureaucracy,” Baldoz finally said.