President Benigno S. Aquino III yesterday joined the JobStart Forum on Youth in the Labor Market in Mandaue City as part of his Labor Day activities in Cebu City, along with Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, other Cabinet members, and national and local government officials.

At the forum, the President interacted with JobStart Philippines youth beneficiaries and other recipients of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) programs on job facilitation, including the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) and Government Internship Program (GIP).

The JobStart Forum gathered youth beneficiaries, partner LGUs, employers and government officials to showcase the collaborative efforts of the national and local governments, including the private sector in promoting youth participation in the labor market.

“With the adoption of the new model for employment facilitation service, the expected placement rate of JobStarters of the pilot implementation is at least 80 percent, up from the prevailing 60-65 percent rates in recent years,” DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said.

“Of the 1,435 youth graduates of life skills training since the pilot run of JobStart in June 2014, we now have 200 JobStarters with regular employment for the 1st quarter of 2015,” Baldoz added.

Officials from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the LGUs involved in the pilot stage of JobStart, along with the JobStarters, shared during the Forum their experiences about JobStart Philippines Program’s pilot implementation.

The Bureau of Local Employment, headed by Dir. Dominique Tutay, set up exhibit booths showcasing DOLE’s banner programs, such as JobStart Philippines, Labor Market Information (LMI), Career Ambassadors, Talent Mapping, SPES, GIP, Assist WELL (Welfare, Employment, Legal and Livelihood), Productivity Champions, including the programs of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and Mandaue Chamber of Commerce.
Also highlighting the JobStart Forum were the testimonials of JobStarters and JobStart partner employers. There were also presentations from Mr. Kelly Bird of ADB, Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique R. Tutay, and President of Institute for Integrality, Inc., Ms. Cristine Margaret Atienza.
The Forum was capped with messages of support from Atty. Jonas Asis, Regional Vice President of Associated Labor Unions-TUCP in Central Visayas Region, Mr. Richard Bold, Country Director from ADB, and Mr. Stephen Weaver, Counsellor (Development) and Head of Cooperation from the Embassy of Canada in Manila. DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III concluded the event.

The theme of the JobStart Forum is “Investing in Filipino Youth Employability and Competitiveness: A Public-Private Partnership”. The event is organized by DOLE in partnership with City Government of Mandaue, ADB and Government of Canada.



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