Law giving benefits to fresh graduates proposed

A law giving grant benefits and incentives to fresh graduates to help them land a job was proposed by Senator Sonny Angara under Senate Bill 1629. If approved, the measure will be known as “An Act Waiving Government Fees and Charges on the Issuance of Documents Required in the Application for Employment of First Time Jobseekers” or “First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act of 2017.”

Under the proposed measure, no fees shall be collected for the following documents: police clearance certificate, NBI clearance, barangay clearance, medical certificate from public hospitals, birth and marriage certificate, tax identification number, unified multi-purpose ID card, and other documentary requirements issued by the government that may be required by employers.

Covered by the proposed law are new graduates who completed the K-12 program, a bachelor’s degree, or a technical-vocational course from any school, college, university, or technical-vocational institution in the country.

Students taking a leave of absence or those working part-time while enrolled are also qualified to avail the benefits.

“Layunin nitong gawing libre ang pagkuha ng mga dokumento na kailangan sa paghahanap ng trabaho. Ito ay para mas mapagaan at mas mapadali ang proseso ng pag-aapply,” said Angara, principal author of the bill and the vice chairman of the Senate labor committee.

“The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in different provinces, cities and municipalities shall serve as a One Stop Shop for first time jobseekers to secure all documents necessary for their employment application,” says in the proposed law.

The Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) will compile a database of all who already benefited.

“Bukod sa libreng kolehiyo, dapat ay gawin na rin nating libre ang paghahanap ng trabaho na magbibigay daan upang umangat ang buhay ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino,” Angara said.