Agusan del Sur— The Department of Labor and Employment Caraga and the Agusan del Sur Public Employment Service Office (PESO) together with local employers inked its partnership with 9 local employers through Jobstart Philippines Program Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing. This was held at the PESO Conference Hall, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur last September 7.

In attendance were DOLE Caraga Regional Director Chona M. Mantilla, CESO III, DOLE-Agusan del Sur Provincial Head Jocelyn L. Bastareche, PESO Provincial Manager Divina P. Lagumbay and TESDA Agusan del Sur Senior Specialist Engr. Norberto Dorado. The 9 local employers from Agusan del Sur have set their commitment and support with the program are Eight Oriental Spice, Inc. (McDonalds), SAFRAGEMC, Pidol Miki Factory, Sunrise Corn Coffee, Hervic Marketing-Bayugan Grains Milling Corporation, RoIm Builders and Construction Supply, Mabe’s Savory Place, Taytay sa Kauswagan, Inc. (TSKI) and Hillsview Inn and Inland Resort.

“I am so thankful to our partners for helping us fully implement this program. I strongly believe that [with the help of our Life Skills Training service provider], we can produce jobstarters that are equipped with the necessary life skills, the soft skills, the knowledge, the technical skills in order for them to land a good job and meet the needs of their employers,” RD Mantilla said. She expressed her gratitude towards the partners and working committee of the Jobstart Philippines Program

“Back in my younger years, I was also like them. I was looking for work. I was a nurse, but I wasn’t able to practice my profession but I am more than willing to train and hone the skills of these youth, these jobstarters for them to have a brighter future, to help them get a job and train them as our future leaders.” Ms. Kristianni C. Pulvera, President/ Owner of McDonalds-San Francisco, Agusan del Sur said in her message of support to the program.

Agusan del Sur was chosen as pilot area in Caraga Region for the JobStart program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Asian Development Bank (ADB). The program is also in line with the aim of the city government to end unemployment by providing job opportunities in the city.

KRISHA VILLANUEVA