There was an air of pride and joy at the Bahay ng Alumni as the deserving 588 Graduates of the Jobstart Program received their certificates and send-off’s at the UP Diliman Bahay ng Alumni.
There was an air of pride and joy at the Bahay ng Alumni as the deserving 588 Graduates of the Jobstart Program received their certificates and send off’s at the UP Diliman Bahay ng Alumni. 584 (95%) of the participants in the program either found a job during or right after their schedule internship and training. While the remaining 4 who also successfully completed the program will eventually land a job as the government is continually updating and guiding the finishers of JobStart for them to eventually get hired.
Youth employment and underemployment are being addressed by the government through JobStart, as it bridges the gap between employers and jobseekers. By going through the program, highschool and college graduates are trained with the skills necessary for the job that they are going to perform.
The momentous event was graced by the presence of Mr. Richard Bolt (Country Director, Asian Development Bank). The Director said, “Creating decent job opportunities for all young women and men is the most effective way of reaching sustainable improvements in everyone’s wellbeing; employees, their children, and their extended families. Plentiful jobs sustain communities, reduces crime and conflicts.”
Mr. John T. Holmes (Ambassador of Canada to the Philippines) said: “Human resources are by far the largest and most significant asset of the Philippines. Investing in human resources through skills development is a key pillar of Canada’s sustainable economic growth strategy and a focus of our development cooperation program in the Philippines.”
Undersecretary Joel B. Maglungsod of DOLE aforementioned that “Through the JobStart Philippine Program, youth job seekers are provided with services such
as technical and life skills training and internships to enhance their job readiness skills and attitude towards work.”