DAGUPAN CITY – This city has been selected as one of the 15 project areas in the country to implement a youth employment facilitation program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) after being assessed with having High Level of Readiness.


Public Employment and Services Office (PESO) Manager Jocelyn Z. Siapno disclosed that the city is scheduled to sign a Memorandum of Undertaking (MOU) with DOLE Region 1 by the 2nd or 3rd week of June in connection with the coming implementation of the JobStart Philippines Program.


The program is an undertaking of DOLE, in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Canada, which seeks to assist young Filipinos start their careers and find meaningful paid employment.


According to DOLE, the program aims to enhance the knowledge and skills acquired by jobseekers in formal education or technical training for them to become more responsive to the demands of the labor market.


The program will also help develop the life skills of the youth, including those relevant to the values of professionalism and work appreciation, and provide trainees with conducive and safe work environment or venue where they can apply relevant theories and proper work ethics.


It is designed to improve the capacity of PESOs in providing full-cycle employment facilitation services to benefit at-risk youth.


DOLE will conduct a planning workshop on June 28-30 to orient and enhance the capacity of program implementers