To help young jobseekers to be more responsive to the demands of the labor market, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has issued Department Order No. 148-16 on Implementing Guidelines of Jobstart Philippines Under the Employment Facilitation Program.
“Being the first of its kind in Southeast Asia, JobStart seeks to help young people jump start their careers by creating opportunities to improve their technical skills and develop the life skills necessary for success in today’s competitive workplace,” said Baldoz” upon issuing the guidelines. “JobStart responds to the challenge of addressing skills mismatches,” she added.
She explained that Jobstart introduces a full-cycle employment facilitation service— a comprehensive and systematic approach in assisting young job seekers— from planning their career paths all the way through acquiring the best-fit jobs through career guidance, life skills and technical training, and internship.
JobStart is funded by the Government of Canada through the Asian Development Bank. The DOLE, through the Bureau of Local Employment, executes the program, while local government units and Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) serve as implementing agencies, with employers as partners.
The program covers Filipino youths, aged 18-24 years old, at least high school graduate with no work or less than one year of work experience. The applicant should not be employed, studying, or undergoing training at the time of registration.
Under D.O 148-16, the DOLE, through the Bureau of Local Employment, shall manage the JobStart Unit. It shall provide capacity building and technical assistance to the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs), DOLE Regional Offices, and Field Offices; coordinate with the Government of Canada through the Embassy of Canada in Manila, the Asian Development Bank, and other stakeholders; coordinate with TESDA to ensure that training plans prepared by the establishments are compliant and aligned with its standards; develop JobStart Standard Operating Procedures and advocacy strategies; and conduct workshop assessment, labor market information, Career Guidance and Employment Coaching (CGEC); Life Skills Training; and registration.
The DOLE Regional Offices and its Field Offices, on the other hand, shall provide technical assistance during the first three months of the project to develop tools for capturing and disseminating LMI about jobs, skills in demand, wages, and benefits; maintain the Skills Registry System which contains the profiles of JobStart trainees and establishments; carry out an organizational analysis of PESO staffing and facilities and make recommendations for improvements to operate a full cycle employment facilitation service to be incorporated in a Capacity Development Plan; and handle grievances in their jurisdiction.
The Local Government Units and Public Employment Service Office shall provide core staff which shall in a full-time basis for continuous delivery of service and participation throughout the JobStart Program; provision of additional officers where the volume of registrants for job placement requires added capacity; provision of convenient and well-located facility to receive jobseekers; dedicate a private space in the facility for one-on-one career guidance and job search assistance; provision of continuous budget support for PESO, including internet connectivity; assist the JobStart Unit to facilitate the development of a pool of pre-qualified establishments and training providers; manage partnership with participating establishments in their area; and handle grievances in their respective jurisdiction.
In 2015, about 601 graduated in the JobStart program. Of the said graduates, 168 received a certificate of completion for having accomplished the entire three cycles of the program, while 433 graduates received a certificate of participation. The 433 graduates were those who have either completed at least two to three months of the internship phase; 142 have completed the technical training phase; and 246 have found jobs after having completed the life-skills training.
Baldoz bared the program targets 3,200 youth beneficiaries along with 14 Public Employment Service Offices. The 14 PESOs include the four pilot PESOs of Taguig City, San Fernando, Pampanga, Quezon City, and General Trias. The 10 other PESOs are those of the cities of Mandaluyong, Pasay, and Caloocan in the NCR; Bohol Province; Davao City; Tagum City; Puerto Princesa City; Cagayan de Oro City; Cebu City; and either Binan City or Tarlac City.
She added that the roll-out will be until 2020, with the following targets: 24 PESOs and 6,200 beneficiaries in 2016; 34 PESOs and 9,200 beneficiaries in 2017; 44 PESOs and 12,200 beneficiaries in 2018; 54 PESOs and 15,200 beneficiaries in 2019; and 64 PESOs and 18,200 beneficiaries in 2010.