14 employers pledge 217 employment slots for JobStarters

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos


DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) —  A total of 14 companies have pledged 217 job slots for young jobseekers in a recent stakeholders meeting in the city.

This ‘JobStart Philippines’ program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is a career coaching and skills training program intended to help young people jumpstart their careers.

Usec. Nicon Fameronag of DOLE’s Employability of Workers and Competitiveness of Enterprises, who attended the meeting, said some employers asked for more JobStarters because they really need more workers for their operations.

Fameronag said the employers were very excited at the prospect of getting qualified people through JobStart.

Danah Fortunato, Executive Director of the 22-strong ICT Association of Dumaguete and Negros Oriental, the umbrella organization of IT-BPM stakeholders in the region, said: “We need 2,000 to 3,000 workers this year for “back fills” alone—these are replacement for workers who leave, are separated, or who move to higher positions—as well as to fill up positions for growth.”

The business establishments and institutions to participate in the JobStart include the following: Qualfon, which needs 15 JobsStarters; Levy Salon pledged four JobStarters; Tech-Synergy Dumaguete Transcription, Inc., six; Bristol Massage and Spa, nine; Casablanca Restaurant, ten; Teletech Dumaguete, 30; SPI Global, 20; Student Universe, five; GUD Moto Trading, Inc., 25; Moon Café, 50; Coco Grande Hotel, 17; Favi Beauty Salon, one; Cang’s Incorporated, five; and Skycable, 20.

JobStart can only create opportunities to improve their technical skills and develop the like skills necessary for them to succeed in today’s competitive workplace through partnership with employers,” said Fameronag.

Dumaguete City Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager Maria Socorro Mira  said the life skills training, the first phase of the program, will be on April 25 to May 6, so the registration will start on April 18 to 22 at the Dumaguete City Public Employment Service Office.

Qualified to apply are any Filipino aged 18 to 25 years old, at least high school graduate, college level, or college graduate with less than one year of working experience and not employed, not in education, and not in training.

Director Anna Dominique Tutay of the Bureau of Local Employment, Program Manager of JobStart, said the next step will be the signing of contracts/memoranda of agreement for the full implementation of the program.

JobStart, which was pilot-tested in four local government units in Luzon in 2014, receives funding support from the Government of Canada and technical assistance from the Asian Development Bank. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on Mar. 22, 2016)


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