CEBU CITY, July 16 (PIA)--First time jobseekers can now secure documentary requirements for employment for free, announced Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III during the Press Conference that culminated the pre-SONA forum held earlier this month at Waterfront Hotel, this City.
Republic Act 11261, otherwise known as an Act Waiving Government Fees and Charges in the Issuance of Documents Required in the Application for Employment for first time jobseekers, waives the fees for government-issued documents and clearances for first time job applicants..
According to DOLE Secretary, their department has signed the said Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the law and will take effect 15 days after publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.
"This is one of the very important landmark policies of the Duterte administration that all of us should be looking into. This will definitely benefit so many graduates who are seeking employment for the first time," said the Secretary, who also encouraged the public especially the DOLE's media partners to pay attention to other equally significant landmark legislative agenda such as the new OSH Law and the Expanded Maternity Law.
Covered by Republic Act 11261 are all government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and controlled corporations, local government units, and government hospitals.
Secretary Bello said that said agencies should not be collecting fees or charges from a first time jobseekers, in connection with their application for and granting of licenses, proofs of identification, clearances, certificates or other documents that are usually required in the course of employment locally or abroad.
Government transactions covered are the following: barangay certification and clearance for first time jobseekers, police clearance, NBI clearance, medical certificate from public hospitals except laboratory tests and other medical procedures that are required in the grant of a medical certificate, birth and marriage certificate, transcript of academic records, certificate of graduation or completion and/or diploma issued by state and local universities and colleges and the Taxpayer's Identification Number (TIN).
First time job applicants can also secure the following documentary requirements for free; Certificate of Eligibility from CSC, PhilHealth ID, POEA Certificate, Mayor's Clearance issued by Business Processing and Licensing Office, Prosecutor's Clearance, Municipal and Regional Trial Court's Clearances, MARINA Certificates, TESDA National Certificates and Certificates of Competencies for those who have underwent TESDA's Competency Assessment process.
First time jobseekers must also secure a barangay certification where they reside for at least six months of residency, stating they are first time jobseekers, for them to avail of said benefits.
"Definitely we will be making this new law a part of our ongoing advocacies and conduct of labor education. We will link with the various Industry Tripartite Councils and Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils in the region to increase public awareness on this new legislation," said DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton.
Siaton stressed, a first time jobseeker can be a graduate of an associate degree or a bachelor's degree, a completer of a technical-vocational course, or a high school graduate who has completed the K-12 program.
The out-of-school youth (OSY), those not employed or engaged in education or training, students taking a leave of absence, or any person intending to work while enrolled in any school, college, university, or learning institution could also qualify to avail the benefits of the new law, according to Siaton. (jsme/PIA7-Cebu/DOLE-7)