San Fernando among pilot areas for ‘My First Job’-A A +A
Monday, September 23, 2013
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City of San Fernando will join the cities of Taguig and Quezon, as well as the municipality of General Trias in Cavite as pilot areas for "My First Job."
The project directed towards employment facilitation for inclusive growth (EFIG) will be implemented next month through the concerted efforts of the Asian Development Bank and Canadian International Development Agency, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment and the Public Employment Services Office (Peso) of the involved local government units.
City of San Fernando Peso manager Donny Sayre told Sun.Star Pampanga Monday that some 1,600 youth will have the opportunity to get a decent job with at least minimum wage under the program.
"In San Fernando, we will start with about 360 of the 1,600 youth applicants who will be screened and evaluated for My First Job. The EFIG actually aims to boost job creation and help young people find the right jobs at a faster rate. The project costs about US$5.6 million or P229 million, and will run from 2013 to 2017," he said.
Sayre added that the City of San Fernando was chosen because of its excellent PESO performance, investments generation and high employment rate.
"By the end of 2015, EFIG shall have facilitated the employment of the 1,600 youth-beneficiaries under the My First Job program. The project will help us determine the right mix of employment services that will make young workers job-ready and will reduce their transition from school to work," added Sayre.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 24, 2013.