CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — The Labor Force Survey in April 2015 showed that half of Filipino Youth contributes to the total 2.68 million unemployed Filipinos which translate to 1.35 million unemployed youth aged 15 to 24 years.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), it can take 18 months to two years before new college graduates can land a job while high school graduates can take up to four years.
To address this problem, DOLE launched the JobStart program on May 2014 with the funding from Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank.
As one of the recipients of the JobStart program, Cagayan de Oro City, under the administration of City Mayor Oscar Moreno, signed the Memorandum of Undertaking (MOU) together with Bureau of Local Employment Division chief Ruth Rodriguez, DOLE- 10 regional director Raymundo Agravante and Marie Jessamine Mitra of ADB.
DOLE- 10 assistant regional director Albert Gutib and Public Employment Service Office- 10 (PESO-10) manager Kathleen Kate Sorilla served as witnesses of the MOU signing.
Among those who are qualified to benefit from the Job Start program are the youth aged 18-24, at least high school graduate, those who have no work experience or have no more than one year experience, currently not employed or not enrolled in school or in any training and actively seeking for work.
The program is composed of three cycles–life skills training, technical training, and internship.(CIO/PIA10)
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