Former president Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10869 or the law institutionalizing the nationwide implementation of the JobStart Philippines Program on June 29, 2016, a day before he stepped down from his office. The program successfully continued to run under the new administration with 73% of successful hires from 11,432 enrollees.

What is the new JobStart Program?


Jobstart Program Qualifiers

Under the law, high school graduates aged 18 to 24 years may register and become JobStart trainees and undergo training and gain the necessary experience required by companies.

The Department of Labor and Employment will be the executing agency of the JobStart program and provide the training cost as specified under a memorandum of agreement. The trainees shall receive a daily allowance to be determined by DOLE, the new act stated.

What is the scope of the program?

Under the program, qualified beneficiaries are provided with knowledge on conducting job searches; access to career guidance and employment coaching; access to relevant Labor Market Information and Public Employment Services Office infrastructure and referral to potential employers.

The program should include full employment facilitation services such as registration, client assessment, life skills training with one-on-one career coaching, technical training, job matching, and referrals to employers either for further technical training, internship, or for decent employment.

The JobStart training period will be divided into three phases:

  1. Life Skills training for ten (10) days
  2. Technical Training for up to three (3) months
  3. Internship for not more than three (3) months


“With the passage of JobStart Philippines Act, more youth at risk will be benefited with the full cycle of employment facilitation services, particularly life and skills training and internship opportunities that will shorten their school-to-work transition,” DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment director Dominique Tutay said.

If you’re interested to be part of the Jobstart program, kindly contact the nearest PESO office in your area or you may also visit their Facebook page here to inquire more about it.

This article originally appeared in PhilJobNet’s Facebook Notes archive with references from the following online publications: