Job-skills mismatch and lack of job experience, which normally hound fresh graduates, can be addressed by the Department of Labor and Employment’s Government Internship Program (GIP).
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said this during the First Quarter 2016 Kapihan at Balitaan, a DOLE-initiated quarterly media forum that examines the labor and employment landscape and explores career trends in various industries in the Philippines
“GIP readily provides our fresh college graduates the foundational work experience required by employers, and most importantly, offers a good training ground for establishing a worthwhile career in government service,” said Baldoz.
Baldoz also said the GIP, since its inception in 2012, has already served 34,625 beneficiaries. In 2015, it recorded an accomplishment rate of 148.5 percent or benefitted 11,779 interns, based from the budget allocated to the GIP project and proposals received by the DOLE Regional Offices.
“We have to continuously promote the GIP to provide our fresh graduates a good employment groundwork in government service,” said Baldoz.
Citing Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique R. Tutay’s 2015 DOLE-GIP 2015 accomplishment report, Baldoz said the figure has surpassed the national budget of 6,421 beneficiaries. Majority of the DOLE regions have already accomplished 100 percent or more than their target this 2016.
The accomplishment report shows that DOLE Regional Office No. 2 has the highest number of GIP beneficiaries during the year in review at 1,913, followed by DOLE Regional Office No. 11 with 1,502 beneficiaries; DOLE Regional Office No. 7 at 937; DOLE CARAGA at 931; DOLE NCR at 864; DOLE Regional Office No. 1 at 830; and DOLE Regional Offices No. 5 and 8 at 782 and 773, respectively.
Majority of the GIP beneficiaries, or 9,361 of them worked in local government units, as well as in Public Employment Service Offices.
Moreover, 849 interns worked at the DOLE regional and field offices and the remaining 1,569 beneficiaries were deployed in other government partner agencies.
Baldoz commended the DOLE Regional Offices for their productive partnerships with the major stakeholders and partner agencies for the successful implementation of the GIP.
DOLE Regional Office No. 11 has recorded the highest accomplishment rate in the GIP implementation at 379.3 percent.
The second highest accomplishment rate at 299 percent was garnered by DOLE NCR, followed by DOLE CAR with 269.4 percent accomplishment rate; DOLE Regional Office IV-B with 179.9 percent; DOLE Regional Office No. 1 with 166.3 percent; DOLE Regional Office No. 8 with 160.4 percent; DOLE Regional Office No. 6 with 141.8 percent.
DOLE Regional Office No. 2 ranked first under the Planning Tool accomplishment, garnering a 354.3 percent accomplishment rate.
The other Regional Offices that did not attain 100 percent accomplishment rate was due to the delays in the submission of project proposals by the GIP stakeholders.
The DOLE-GIP started in May 2012 when DOLE accepted as its interns fresh college graduates of S.Y. 2011-2012 who are holders of degree courses relevant to the DOLE’s operations, such as economics, law, labor and industrial relations, social science, political science, public administration, and journalism/communication.
To make the program more inclusive, GIP revised its guidelines to include the youth coming from or identified at the following government projects: (a) National Household Targeting System; (b) Local Government Units participating in the Bottom-Up-Budgeting; and (c) Priority areas identified by the Joint Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster and NEDA Social Development Committee.