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In a ceremony held recently, the Department of Labor and Employment Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE RPO) awarded a check amounting to PhP 3,149,050.00 to Panasonic Manufacturing Philippines Corporation (PMPC) under the Jobstart Philippines Program (JSP). Marivic B. Martinez, Provincial Director of DOLE RPO, handed the check to Mr. Kondo Yasushi, President of PMPC. The inception of the partnership between DOLE and PMPC was through the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Director Martinez extended her gratitude on behalf of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Regional Director Exequiel Ronie Guzmam to PMPC for being the partner for Jobstart Philippines.

“Jobstart is an important program of the Department especially to the youth in the enhancement of their employability which will result to the reduction of job searching,” Director Martinez stated.
In addition, she also challenged PMPC that the Department is looking forward for the better chances of the trainees to be absorbed in PMPC considering that some of DOLE Regional Offices have high job absorption rate of the JSP partner employers. She also recognized the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) of Antipolo City and Angono for their assistance and closed coordination with DOLE and PMPC.

The amount that was awarded to PMPC, represented by their President Mr. Kondo Yasushi, will be used for training costs, training allowance of the technical trainees, medical and security fees. It will also cover the purchase of brazing and metal drilling equipment and materials, power air tools, office supplies and the personal protective equipment (PPE) of the trainees that will be used for the technical training.

Mr. Kondo Yasushi, President of PMPC, thanked the Department of Labor and Employment and for choosing PMPC as the partner employer in the implementation of Jobstart Philippines. He appreciated the support in purchasing training materials to be used to train and educate the trainees. He added that he is happy to train the people even though it is difficult to find people to be trained so he also extended the appreciation to the PESOs for aiding in the selection of Jobstart trainees. He acknowledged the Philippine Government for having programs that help the Philippine society and he also pledged the full support of PMPC to the Jobstart Philippines Program.

Jobstart Philippines is a full-employment facilitation service of DOLE designed to enhance the employability of at-risk youth to improve their integration into productive employment. One hundred (100) JSP trainees, 35 from Antipolo City and 65 from Angono, was chosen from the trainees who underwent Life Skills Training (LST) with promising evaluation. These 100 trainees will undergo up to three (3) months of technical training in PMPC to develop their technical skills, including their professionalism as they are provided with conducive and safe work environment for holistic and integrative workplace learning. Their technical training under PMPC will include Occupational Health and Safety, Production and Market Quality, Quality Inspection and Warehousing. The trainees will also undertake hands-on training on metal drilling and brazing in preparation to their internship. The three-month internship period will follow right after the end of their technical training.


Abigail P. Gilpo

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