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.

588 JobStart graduates from 7 regions went to the UP Bahay ng Alumni for the graduation ceremony.

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.

Graduates from General Trias, Cavite receive their certificates of completion and participation.

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.

The JobStart program was passed under Republic Act 10869 as a law last June 29, 2016. Our youth between ages 18-24 years old may apply to the program through their respective PESO offices.

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.


Mr. Richard Bolt, Country Director, Asian Development Bank, gives his congratulatory speech to the graduates.


Undersecretary Joel B. Maglungsod of DOLE aforementioned that “Through the JobStart Philippine Program, youth job seekers are provided with services such

Canadian Ambassador John T. Holmes, addressing questions from the mainstream media. According to Mr. Holmes, Canada and the Philippines has a cooperation program to invest in skills development.

as technical and life skills training and internships to enhance their job readiness skills and attitude towards work.

Lastly, Dir. Dominique Rubia-Tutay (Bureau of Local Employment DOLE) thanked the companies, government agencies, Asian Development Bank, The Canadian Government and those who all participated in making the program a success.
If you’re interested to join the JobStart program, or if you know individuals who may benefit from it, you may share the info provided here.
You may also want to view the testimonial videos of some of the JobStart graduates here:
Testimonial 1 – JobStart Graduate, Miss Carla Festejo, JobStart Trainee, and now Bookkeeper of Allied Services Corporation
Testimonial 2Mr. John Paul Escalona, JobStart Trainee, and now a Sales Utility Clerk of SM Hypermarket

JobStart graduates from seven different regions (Cavite, Mandaluyong, Caloocan City, Pasay City, Quezon City, Taguig City, San Fernando Pampanga) pose for their group photos.