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Private manpower agency, DSWD, DOLE sets partnership for 4Ps beneficiary employment

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A manpower agency recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to provide jobs for self-sufficient beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).

Starboard Manpower Services Inc. chief operating officer Manuel Gorobat, Jr. said he is looking forward to hiring at least 100 4Ps graduates per month.

“The project will open opportunities for many who are less fortunate. By giving them employment, they uplift the quality of their lives and become good providers for their families,” Gorobat said in an interview at the sidelines of the ceremony in Intramuros, Manila.

Starboard Inc. will conduct free training programs to qualified 4Ps beneficiaries to equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge in performing their jobs.

The manpower agency will also assist and endorse qualified trainees to their partner-employers for possible employment locally and abroad.

Under the memorandum, the DSWD will certify 4Ps beneficiaries qualified for the training and employment.

The department has identified 385,000 self-sufficient beneficiaries who are qualified for the program.

Getting out of poverty

The DSWD partners with various organizations to ensure that appropriate assistance is given to 4Ps beneficiaries towards improving their well-being thus enabling them to eventually transition out of poverty.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista said the program is only one of the whole-of-government-approach of convergence and complementation services to achieve Ambisyon Natin 2040’s goal of a “matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na buhay” (strongly rooted, comfortable, and secure life) for every Filipino.

“This partnership is a realization sa patunay ng malasakit, sa mahihirap (genuine care for the poor) seeking employment and DSWD is looking forward to cooperate with DOLE to pursue this,” he added.

DOLE will provide technical assistance to DSWD and Starboard Inc. regarding employment facilitation through the convergence of programs and services that focus on the enhancement of operational efficiency and strengthening of inter-agency partnership.

Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Aimee Torrefranca Neri said these efforts are a result of the 4Ps Law or Republic Act 11310 that stated the seven-year maximum period for beneficiaries to stay in the poverty reduction program.

“We have to prepare them before they exit. So, when they exit from the program, [they are already] financially independent because the children in the family are already employed to jobs that are secured,” she added.

The new law states that the national poverty reduction strategy and human capital program provides conditional cash transfer program to poor households for a maximum period of seven years to improve the health, education, and nutrition aspect of their lives.

The National Advisory Council (NAC) may recommend a longer period under exceptional circumstances.

During the ceremony, 11 beneficiaries who passed the initial screening of Starboard Inc. expressed their gratitude to the government for the job assistance.

They are also the batch that will pilot-test the program before it will be implemented nationwide.

Ivan Royette Montilla, 19, among the beneficiaries from Batasan Hills in Quezon City, said he previously only worked for a part-time job as a dining staff with no promise of regularization.

“I already passed as a full-time employee in VICMA Marketing through Starboard complete with Philhealth, SSS, and PAG-IBIG benefits. I can now provide for my family and especially for my siblings,” Montilla said, adding that this employment will help him save up so he can get a degree in culinary arts and hopefully work abroad.

“There’s a bigger chance now that I can study culinary and work abroad in the future. I can support my family better by then. My gratitude goes to all the efforts of the government to help us,” he said. (Christine Cudis, PNA)

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