DOLE program benefits 1T Central Luzon interns

The Department of Labor and Employment in Central Luzon’s Government Internship Program (DOLE-GIP) has benefitted about 1,031 young workers from the region.

The regional labor office has allocated P30,084,803.29 for the salaries of intern-beneficiaries wherein each of them received 75 percent of the region’s prevailing minimum daily wage.

The intern-beneficiaries were at least 18 – 30 years old, high school or technical-vocational graduates, and no work experience, to qualify and join the intern program.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was forged between the DOLE and its GIP partner agencies covering the terms and conditions relative to the implementation of the DOLE-GIP.

DOLE Regional Director Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that the DOLE-GIP intern-beneficiaries were immersed at various government agencies within the region.

“Our young interns were given opportunity to demonstrate their talents and skills in the field of public service while the DOLE’s part was to identify the best and the brightest among them who want to further pursue a career in government service, particularly in the field and discipline of labor and employment,” Dione said.

Partner agencies include the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Agriculture (DA), and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Department of Education (DepEd), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Local Government Units (LGUs), and State Colleges/ Universities are partners too.

Aside from its partner agencies, all seven DOLE Field Offices, including its Satellite Offices in the Freeport Area of Bataan and Clark Freeport Zone also participated in the DOLE-GIP implementation.

Dione said that the intern-beneficiaries worked for about 3 – 6 months performing various government tasks such as profiling, encoding, assisting, and other functions not highly-technical in nature.

“The DOLE-GIP is a good stepping stone for our intern-beneficiaries to learn and experience the real world of government work with the fulfillment of serving our fellow Filipinos with our various basic government services,” Dione said.

Of the total intern-beneficiaries, 112 of them were initially re-hired as Job Orders after their DOLE-GIP stint by respective government agencies that they were assigned to.

The DOLE-GIP is special-funded program of the labor agency that creates impact to the lives of young workers who belongs to the poor or marginalized families. #