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DOLE QUEZON EMPLOYS 500 YOUTHS IN SAN ANDRES AS GOVERNMENT INTERNS

To address the issue on youth unemployment, the Municipal Government of San Andres requested the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the implementation of Government Internship Program (GIP) in their municipality.

As a response, the DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III approved the employment of 500 youths under the DOLE’s Government Internship Program (GIP). To jumpstart the program, DOLE Quezon Provincial Office (DOLE QPO) conducted an orientation program to the first batch of beneficiaries from the said municipality on June 21, 2021 held at the Municipal Covered Court, San Andres, Quezon.

According to San Andres Mayor Atty. Giovanne T. Lim, the GIPs will be distributed in the 7 barangays of San Andres. They will be deployed for sixty-six (66) days to all offices of the municipal and barangay government to work as ancillary staff and administrative aides.

“In implementing this program, the beneficiaries will engage to public service through involvement in government programs and projects that is expected to contribute to the goal of inclusive growth, massive employment generation and poverty reduction,” Mayor Lim said.

DOLE Quezon Provincial Head Edwin T. Hernandez reported that some of the youths in San Andres are just high school graduates and cannot get a job. Hence, GIP is a big thing for them because for at least three (3) months they will earn money as they learn government jobs.

“The GIPs will also assist in child labor profiling in the barangays considering the high incidence of child trafficking and child labor because some of them are being sent to Batangas and work as sacadas,” Mr. Hernandez mentioned.



In his message, Mr. Hernandez also encouraged the youth to never give up on their aspirations.

“All of us are experiencing adversities in life. We cannot avoid adversities, but adversities should not keep us from achieving our dreams and in finding the happiness we seek in in life.” Mr. Hernandez said.

“The Government Internship Program (GIP) will serve as a training ground for some of you who are dreaming to become government employees as we as create a pool of competitive and experienced workforce,” Mr. Hernandez added.

The Municipality of San Andres is a fourth-class municipality situated at the southernmost part of Bondoc Peninsula in the province of Quezon. It is home to 37,164 people with poverty incidence of 43.76% according to the latest available data of the Philippine Statistics Office.

The people of San Andres, Quezon depends on farming, fishing and tourism as sources of livelihood. The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the local economy of the municipality which contributed immensely to the rate of unemployment as a result of business closure in the National Capital Region forcing a big number of constituents to return to San Andres. Likewise, the pandemic has also brought uncertainty to the town’s graduates due to limited job opportunities.

By:


FRANZ RAYMOND J. AQUINO

Senior Labor and Employment Officer
Regional Labor Information Officer-Designate

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