Agusan del Sur – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga and Agusan del Sur Public Employment Service Office (PESO) represented by DOLE Caraga Assistant Regional Director Naomi Lyn C. Abellana and Provincial PESO Manager Divina P. Lagumbay with the Provincial Governor of Agusan del Sur, Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza signed the Memorandum of Undertaking (MoU) for the first implementation of JobStart Philippines Program in the region on June 5 at the Agusan del Sur Governor’s Office.

Present during the MOU signing were: Jocelyn Bastareche, DOLE-ADSPO Head; Henry Abawag, Jobstart Project Coordinator; Lilian Solis, JobStart Regional Focal Person and Krisha Antonnette Villanueva, JobStart Regional Coordinator.

“Jobstart Philippines is a DOLE implemented project through its local PESO office that aims to shorten the youth’s school to work transition by enhancing the knowledge and skills they acquired in formal education or technical training in order for them to become more responsive to the demands of the labor market,” Lagumbay said.

“The concerned job seeker will be given P200 per day as stipend for his or her transportation and food allowance. Those who will be selected will undergo 10 days of life skills training, up to three months of JobStart-funded technical training and another three months of work experience with a “matched” employer/ establishment. The interns in return will be receiving at least 75% of the minimum wage in the relevant city/ municipality,” Mr. Abawag said during his courtesy call at the Agusan del Sur Governor’s Office.

Lagumbay said that a total of 100 slots are open for the program. Target recipients are out-of-school youths or undergraduate or fresh graduates ages 18-24. Qualified recipients are those currently not working or enrolled in training, with less than one year or no work experience and at least high school graduate.

Agusan del Sur was chosen as a pilot area in Caraga Region for the JobStart Program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in coordination with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of Canada.

Krisha Antonnette Villanueva