CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando, in collaboration with the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole), Government of Canada and Asian Development Bank, provided some 282 Fernandinos a 10-day life skills training under the "JobStart" program for future employment.
The graduation ceremony last Friday was led by Mayor Edwin Santiago, Davao City Representative Karlo Alexei Nograles, Dole Regional Director Ana Dione, Dole Provincial Chief Arlene Tolentino, Chief of Staff Engineer Remedios Agoncillo and Rotary Club of San Fernando President Ferndinand Caylao who represented the JobStart Philippines Program partners.
Santiago said the city, through its Public Employment Service Office, has already produced a total of 911 JobStart graduates since its implementation in 2014 in which San Fernando was among the four local government units that piloted the program.
“This is already our fifth batch and we strive to further increase the employability of youth-at-risk by providing free life skills and technical skills training and appropriate internships,” Santiago added.
For his part, Nograles, who is also the principal sponsor of the JobStart law in Congress, lauded the City Government for maintaining a 98 percent placement rate that contributes to the reduction of youth unemployment not only in Central Luzon but also in the entire country.
“Bumaba ng 298,000 ang bilang ng mga unemployed youth dito sa atin. Ibig sabihin, mas dumami ang mga kabataan na nakakapagtrabaho at malaking bagay ang mga ginagawang hakbang ng mga LGUs tulad ng San Fernando (The number of unemployed youth in our city dropped by 298,000. It means more young people are working and the steps our local government units are making is a big help),” he added.
Juriel Daraway, one of the JobStart graduates, said she is extremely happy for being a beneficiary of this program that has helped her boost confidence and enhance interpersonal skills which are essential in seeking a job.
At the age of 20, Daraway wants to land a stable job to sustain the needs of her three children and help in the treatment of her mother and sister who both suffer leg injuries caused by a recent accident.
Meanwhile, a mini job fair attended by 14 local companies was also launched after the graduation program to allow the beneficiaries find suitable internships or get hired directly from their desired companies.