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Jobseekers law implementing rules signed

May 15, 2023 Joel dela Torre 279 views

CIVIL Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Karlo Nograles has joined heads of other government agencies in signing the implementing guidelines of a law for first-time jobseekers.

According to Nograles, the signing activity served as the culmination of the collective and collaborative efforts of the member agencies in implementing the benefits of the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act (FIJAA).

The event was held at the Kingsford Hotel Grand Ballroom in Paranaque City Friday (May 12).

“The ceremonial signing activity is the culmination of the collective and collaborative effort of the member agencies in implementing the benefits provided by the law for fresh graduates, out-of-school-youth, and part-time students towards improving the quality of our national workforce,” he said.

Under FIJAA, no fees or charges shall be collected by concerned government agencies from any first-time jobseekers (FTJ) requesting common pre-employment documents as long as the applicant is a Filipino citizen and a first-time jobseeker, regardless of age.

An applicant should also be free of charges if he/she is actively looking for employment and a resident of the barangay issuing the barangay certification.

Among the documents jobseekers eyeing positions in the government may secure free of charge is the Certificate of Eligibility (COE), a document issued by the CSC that determines whether an applicant is qualified to apply to career service positions.

The implementation of the Act has resulted in an estimated waiver of P82,239,810.00 in government fees since FIJAA was enacted in 2019 for the total of 630,846 applicants who were given free pre-employment documents.

Nograles participated in the signing event led by Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma