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PIA Press Release
2007/04/28

694 avail of Bacolod summer job program

Bacolod City (28 April) -- Unmindful of the scorching heat of the sun and oblivious of the unpredictable reactions from respondents, Trina Villaruel, 21 and Ma. Carnet Henanda, 16, both of Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City, go around said barangay to conduct labor market survey.

Henanda and Villaruel are two of the 17 students who are on summer job, assigned in the area. The yearly project is undertaken by the city government under the administration of Mayor Evelio R. Leonardia through the Public Employment Services Office, in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment.

A total of 694 students were hired to do skills mapping in the 61 barangays in the city. Executive Assistant Moises dela Cruz, PESO cluster head said that it aims to assess the need for employment in the city. The city will plan out skills training seminar and come up with livelihood programs for possible employment.

Dela Cruz added that the city gives priority to poor but deserving students. They will receive P200 a day or a total of P3,600 salary for a month. Asked if what she will do with her salary, Henanda said that she will use it for her education in college. A fresh graduate from Bacolod City National High School, she plans to pursue Computer Science degree. It was her first experience to get an employment. "If I were not able to work, I would be helping my mother who sells banana barbecue for a living," Henanda said. Her father is a trisikad driver.

Villaruel is a 2nd-yr Midwifery student at West Negros College. Her father is a bike mechanic while her mother is a plain housewife.

"The experience we get from this project gives us a sense of responsibility," Villaruel said. "I thank Mayor Leonardia for this opportunity," she added.

The summer jobbers have questionnaire for name, age address, sex, status, educational attainment, skills, employed/unemployed and contact number.

One of the respondents, Wilma Go, 58 of Purok Bayanihan of the same barangay, answered the short questions cooperatively. She said that skills mapping is a good project of the city government, it would answer employment needs.

Mark Galvez, 19 of Brgy. Bata and Clarence Montelibano of Brgy. Villamonte, were other summer jobbers assigned at PESO in city hall. "This work opportunity is one way of getting us from potential inclination to vices," Galvez said, a sacristan for 3 years. He studies Computer Secretarial at Bacolod City College.

"If I am not working for this summer, I would have just stayed at home. Now I can make use of my time, and I now realized the importance of spending money wisely," said Montelibano. (CMO/PIA) [top]

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