Focus Group Discussion for the Jobstart Program 2019 implementation on September 18, 2019, at HGC Tourist Inn, San Francisco, Agusan Del Sur.

Present during Employers Forum is Engr. Norberto B. Dorado from TESDA-ADS, Ms. Jocelyn Bastareche-Field Office Head of DOLE-ADS, Ms. Divina P. Lagumbay-Provincial PESO Manager of ADS, Jobstart Coordinators and the partner employers of the Jobstart Program. Engr. Norberto B. Dorado also gives his words of encouragement for the program.

The Jobstart team gathered 16 companies from different industries during the forum. They also expressed their issues and concerns for this year’s 2nd implementation of the program. The concerns were properly handled by Ms. Divina P. Lagumbay, the Moderator of the focus group discussion.

Jobstart Philippines is a program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) preparing the young Filipinos for employment. Jobstart does this by providing out-of-school youth with career coaching, life skills and technical training and internship with employers. Partnering with the private sector, Jobstart Philippines helps employers meet their manpower needs and well prepared, talented, and enthusiastic young men and women. The applicant must be a Filipino citizen, 18-24 years old and at least high school. He must not be in any employment, not enrolled in school or in training, and must be actively looking for work. The employer must have a registered business operating in the surrounding area of a participating PESO, and has the capacity to provide internships of up 3 months with a commitment to pay at least 75% of the prevailing minimum wage in the area. And must be compliant with general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards.” – Ms. Jocelyn Bastareche.

“The employers’ partnership process has 6 steps. First, register and submit the necessary documents like company profile, BIR form 2303 or registration from SEC, DTI, and CDA. There must be a Letter of undertaking stipulating job opportunities. Second, is the referral of jobstarters to employers. Third, is the development of a training plan that shows detailed skills and competencies that the jobstarters need to acquire during the technical training and internship. It includes the modules, duration, venue, and cost of the training. Fourth, is the selection of the Jobstart trainees. Right after the 10th-day life skills training, there is a Job Fair right after, wherein all the employers are invited to initially screen the jobstarters. The Fifth step is the Signing of the Memorandum of Agreement and training contact. The Sixth step is Implementation and Monitoring, it shall take place immediately after the employer and Regional Director of DOLE-Caraga signs the MOA.” – Divina P. Lagumbay.

“I am happy that we were able to partner with DOLE and Agusan Del Sur provincial PESO Office for last year’s Jobstart program implementation, and for this year Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc. is very happy and honored that we are again selected to participate in the program”.- Ms. Krista Lubaton, TSKI.