Fresh grads employed thru internship program

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014


A TOTAL of 115 fresh college graduates have been employed by eight local government units (LGUs) and different national government agencies (NGAs) in Zamboanga del Norte.

The employment of the fresh graduates was made possible through the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole).

The implementation of the GIP is in line with the provisions of Executive Order 139, series of 1993, providing opportunities to young workers to serve the general public in government agencies, projects and programs at the national level and local level.

Zamboanga del Norte Labor and Employment Officer Henry Tianero said that 82 of the 115 GIP beneficiaries are assigned to work in eight of the 25 towns and one city in two cities in the province.

These towns are: Dapitan City, 20; La Libertad, 12; Sergio Osmeña, 12; Sibutad, 11; Mutia, nine; Piñan, seven; Rizal, six; and Polanco, five.

Tianero said the remaining 33 beneficiaries are assigned in the following government agencies: First District Congressional Office, 13; Department of Social Welfare and Development, four; Jose Rizal Memorial Hospital, four; Jose Rizal Memorial State University-Main Campus, three; Department of Trade and Industry, two; Department of Environment and Natural Resources, two; Department of Education, two; Philippine Information Agency, two; and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, one.

Tianero said those employed will work for a period of six months and each will receive a daily salary of P210, which is 75 percent of the region's minimum wage.

Tianero said they are employed to assist in the implementation and monitoring of Dole programs and projects in the area.

As the implementer of the program, Tianero said that Dole through its regional office provides and assigns intern-beneficiaries to GIP partners/employers to perform the tasks and duties as prescribed under Administrative Order 39-A, series of 2014.

Tianero said GIP partners/employers shall ensure that the intern will not be exposed to any hazardous undertaking as provided for under the Anti-Child Labor Law and other pertinent laws.

He said they are required to submit to the Dole regional office the time records at least two days before the 15th and 30th of the month for the processing of payment of the interns' allowance.

He said the employers shall also submit a special report to the Dole regional office in case of termination of the intern prior to the completion of the six-month internship agreement, specifically stating the reasons for such termination duly signed by the intern's immediate supervisor.

The GIP likewise provides the beneficiaries the opportunities to show their talents and skills while undergoing internship to fully prepare them for their future employment, he added. (Bong Garcia)

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