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Youth job starters in Cebu City and Negros Oriental graduate from life skills training

Cebu City, Philippines. Over a hundred youth in Cebu City and Negros Oriental recently graduated from a 10-day Life Skills Training (LST), a component of the JobStart Philippines program of the Department of Labor and Employment.

The graduates completed the 37 modules of the training with the DOLE closely working together with the concerned Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs).

In Cebu City, the LST produced 95 graduates, while Negros Oriental has 49, who have all been exposed to training experiences that will help them recognize and appreciate their own knowledge, skills and values as well as professional goals in relation to the demands of the labor market.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, in addressing the graduates during the virtual graduation rites held in Negros Oriental and Cebu City, respectively, highlighted the LST as one of the important components of the JobStart Philippines program, being a full cycle employment facilitation service of DOLE that promotes youth employability.

“DOLE has always been at the forefront in promoting decent and equal job opportunities especially for the youth. The Department came up with this kind of training to support them. It is designed to strengthen their personal values and skills to help them become successful jobseekers,” she said.

Apart from the Life Skills Training, other components of JobStart Philippines are the following, namely: Employer Engagement and JobStart Memorandum of Agreement (MOA); (2) Registration and Orientation of JobStart Trainees; (3) Online Skills Assessment; (4) Job Matching and Referral; and (5) Technical Training and Internship.

“There are even other trainees, who would not finish the entire cycle because they already get placed by an employer, who sees their potential early on,” added Director Siaton, who wished for all graduates to persevere and fully take advantage of the assistance provided to them by government by getting through all the components of the program until finish.

With JobStart Philippines now being fully institutionalized after being enacted into law, youth beneficiaries or the trainees would receive the following: (For the Life Skills Training): Mobile data/internet allowance for online LST; LST Stipend; and GSIS/Basic Accident Insurance. (For the Technical Training and Internship): Medical; Swab Testing; Communication allowance; Technical Training grant; and Technical Training Stipend.

For the year, the LGUs/PESOs that are implementing JobStart Philippines are LGU/PESO Cebu City; LGU/PESO Dumaguete City; and LGU/PESO Bohol Province with each one targeting to have 100 program beneficiaries.

TCFO Head, Director Emmanuel Y. Ferrer thanked Cebu City LGU through its PESO for its continued support to DOLE by actively implementing JobStart Philippines, among other programs. He said that the implementation of the program at the LGU level is now in its 6th year since its launching way back in 2015.

NOFO Head, Marites G. Mercado, on the other hand, wished for all graduates to find employment immediately after finishing the LST training or gets absorbed by the JobStart partner employer or non-JobStart employer during the mentorship or 3-month technical training.

Also attending both Virtual LST Graduation Rites was DOLE Assistant Secretary and concurrent Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director, Dominique R. Tutay.

JobStart seeks to assist unemployed youth find decent jobs by supporting them to make informed career decisions, and by giving them a chance to improve their technical skills and develop life skills necessary to succeed in today's competitive workplace.

Priority beneficiaries are the at-risk youth especially those, who are (1) not currently working or enrolled in school or training; (2) with less than one year or no work experience; (3) have at least reached high school; (4) 18-24 years old; and (5) Filipino citizen.


End//LSenarlo-Taniza with reporting from TCFO and NOFO

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



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