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DOLE Rizal Provincial Office (DOLE RPO) offers ‘fresh start’ to 43 informal sector/displaced workers from the 1st District of Rizal through its Government Internship Program (GIP) last March 21.

Under the said program, the Department together with its partner government agencies, will be providing three to six months internship opportunities to Filipinos ages 18-30 years old who want to pursue a career in public service. Applicants must be a high school, technical-vocational or college graduate with no work experience.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, micro, small, and medium enterprises are severely affected due to lockdown and community restrictions resulting to closure of establishments as most of them could not sustain the needs of their operations. As businesses suffer, more and more Filipino workers were displaced. No job means no meals to put on their table, that is why most of them struggle to get by, day-by-day.

Hearing the woes of displaced workers in the province, DOLE RPO opens the Government Internship Program for them to mitigate the rising number of unemployment rate in Rizal.

According to Department Order No. 204-A series of 2019, individuals with intermittent work experience, laid off, and displaced due to natural or man-made disasters/calamities are allowed to be the beneficiaries of the program.

Prior to their deployment, Labor and Employment Officer I, Warren Villanueva discussed the facets of the program as well as the benefits that they will enjoy once they start their internship.

"Una po sinabihan natin sila kung ano ba ang GIP, ano bang programang ito ng DOLE. Tapos sinabi natin sa kanila kung sino ba 'yung qualified na benepisyaryo ng GIP. Sinabi rin natin sa kanila kung ano 'yung mga benepisyo pa kapag ikaw ay pumasok bilang isang GIP. Unang-una mayroon silang stipend bilang kabayaran sa kanilang pagtatrabaho sa offices ng gobyerno. Meron din silang GSIS accident insurance, Villanueva said.

Hired Government Interns will be assigned in the Rizal Provincial Social Welfare and Development, District Headquarters, and Local Government Units in the 1st District of Rizal. Each intern is entitled to receive a stipend amounting to Php 400.00 per day which is based on the highest prevailing minimum wage in Region IV-A (CALABARZON).


An aid that she needs

Though most of the interns join the program to gain experience working in the government sector, Sharmaine D. Leona, a 19-year-old Government Intern from Cainta, Rizal shared a different reason as to why she entered the program.

Leona admitted that she wants to earn and aid her parents in paying the medication of her younger sibling.

“‘Yung kapatid ko po may sakit. Need din po namin ng pera rin po. Kaya pumasok din po ako sa Government,” Leona shared.

Her sibling is diagnosed with Thalassemia, a blood disorder, and needs blood transfusion every two or three months.

With this, Leona firmly believed that this kind of opportunity should not be wasted.

“Kung mayroong opportunity na nakaabang sa’yo, i-grab mo agad,” Leona added.

The Government Internship Program covers a wide array of projects to fast-track the implementation and monitoring of different programs in each government offices. Currently, government interns could be assigned on the implementation of National Skills Registry Program, Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program, and other programs of LGUs and national government agencies.

DOLE RPO deployed a total of 65 Government Interns in different localities in the province.


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