Friday, July 14, 2017

Legazpi recipient of DOLE's JobStart program

LEGAZPI CITY, July 4 -- After a series of evaluation, the city government of Legazpi has been chosen by the Bureau of Local Employment-Department of Labor and Employment (BLE-DOLE) here in Bicol as the only recipient local government unit of the JobStart program designed to improve the capacity of Public Employment Services Office (PESO) in providing full-cycle employment facilitation services.

Interviewed on Wednesday, City PESO chief Diosdado Raneses told PNA that JobStart is one of the programs of DOLE that aims to give young Filipinos an opportunity for employment especially those who are out of school and from poor families, to uplift their daily living condition.

Raneses said the announcement was made during the recent planning workshop regarding the JobStart program by the BLE-DOLE, the Embassy of Canada and Asian Development Bank (ADB) held at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City recently.

Raneses said DOLE will also give members of women’s organizations employment opportunities and make them undergo life skills trainings and other seminars as part of enhancing their abilities.

After the training, they will enroll in the Technical Vocational Institute for them to qualify for better employment, he added.

Those who will not pass in the training will be given an opportunity to retrain, Raneses said.

He said that his office has conducted a series of job fairs and skills trainings as part of the efforts of the city administration to give employment opportunities to all job seekers.

The JobStart program is an employment facilitation initiative of the DOLE with funding support from the Canadian Government and technical assistance from the ADB to help young Filipinos start their careers and give them better employment opportunities.

The program aims to enhance the knowledge and skills acquired by the job seekers in formal education or technical training in order for them to become more responsive to the demands of the labor market. (Emmanuel P. Solis/PNA)