DSWD to hire 7,000 jobless youth to work under GIP
TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the region will be hiring around 7,000 jobless youth this year for a 52-day work under the expanded Government Internship Program (GIP).
DSWD Regional Director Letecia Diokno said that their office started the hiring process this week and some of the qualified applicants can start their new job on May.
“Applicants are students, college graduates and graduates of vocational ages 18 to 30 years old. We will assign them to help us in different poverty alleviation programs,” she told Leyte Samar Daily Express.
The expanded GIP will also be carried out by other national government agencies but the DSWD is the first to conduct hiring following their main office approval of the guidelines.
“Under the program, qualified applicants may start work immediately and has to complete 52 days of work. This means that applicants may not start at the same time as long as they can complete the 52 days,” Diokno explained.
The 7,000 potential young workers in the region is included in the 90,865 youths nationwide with a funding of more than P1.3 billion for wages.
The DSWD also hires additional 20 youths for a 22-day work under the regular internship program in the region.
Nationwide, the government will be accepting 340 youth with a budget allocation of P1.8 million.
“We will accommodate youths who have graduated but still jobless and those students who failed to enroll this coming school year due to financial constraints,” Diokno said.
The GIP is part of the Aquino administration’s efforts to strengthen youth participation in nation-building, expose them to government service, train them develop their skills that help contribute to their economic well-being.
Diokno added that interns will be asked to perform not only actual office work but also assist in the implementation of the numerous DSWD programs and projects.
“They may also do direct service through field work in communities where DSWD programs and projects are implemented in partnership with local government units,” she said.
The interns admitted into the program will be provided with salary representing at least 75% minimum wage in the region.
Diokno said that majority of the workers will be asked to assist them in the implementation of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) with about 240,000 household beneficiaries covering all areas of the region except eight municipalities with lesser number of poor families identified in the National Household Targeting System. (Sarwell Q. Meniano)
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