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Free documentary requirements for first time jobseekers

Cebu City, Philippines. First time jobseekers can now secure documentary requirements for employment for free.

This was announced by Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III during the Press Conference that culminated the Pre-SONA forum held last week in Cebu.

Republic Act 11261, otherwise known as an Act Waiving Government Fees and Charges in the Issuance of Documents Required in the Application for Employment for First Time Jobseekers, waives the fees for government-issued documents and clearances for first time jobseekers.

According to Secretary Bello, the DOLE already singed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the law, together with other involved agencies, which will take effect fifteen (15) days after publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.

“This is one of the very important landmark policies of the administration that all of us should be looking into. This will definitely benefit so many graduates who are seeking employment for the first time,” said Secretary Bello, who also encouraged the public especially the DOLE’s media partners to pay attention to other equally significant landmark legislative agenda such as the new OSH Law and the Expanded Maternity Law.

Covered by Republic Act 11261 are all government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and controlled corporations, local government units, and government hospitals.

Secretary Bello said that said agencies should not be collecting fees or charges from a first time jobseekers, in connection with their application for and granting of licenses, proofs of identification, clearances, certificates or other documents that are usually required in the course of employment locally or abroad.

Government transactions covered are the following, namely: barangay certification and clearance for first time jobseekers; police clearance; NBI clearance; medical certificate from public hospitals, except for laboratory tests and other medical procedures that are required in the grant of a medical certificate; birth and marriage certificate; transcript of academic records, certificate of graduation or completion, and/or diploma issued by state and local universities and colleges; and Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN).

First time jobseekers can also secure the following documentary requirements for free: Certificate of Eligibility from CSC; PhilHealth ID; POEA Certificates; Mayor’s Clearance issued by Business Processing and Licensing Office; Prosecutor’s Clearance; Municipal and Regional Trial Court’s Clearances; MARINA Certificates; and TESDA National Certificates and Certificates of Competencies for those who have underwent the process of TESDA’s Competency Assessment.

Jobseekers must secure a certification from the barangay where they are residing for at least six (6) months, that they’re first time jobseekers to avail of said benefits.

“We will definitely be making this new law as part of our on-going advocacies and conduct of labor education. We will also be linking with the various Industry Tripartite Councils and Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils in the Region to increase public awareness on this new legislation,” said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.

A first time jobseeker could be a graduate of an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree, a completer of a technical-vocational course, or a high school graduate who has completed the K-12 program.

Out-of-school youth, those not employed or engaged in education or training, students taking a leave of absence, or any person intending to work while enrolled in any school, college, university, or learning institution could also qualify to avail the benefits of the new law.




For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at


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