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PIA Press Release
2009/06/12

Fresh grads land as DTI price monitors

By Jean Duron-Abangan

Tagum City, Davao del Norte (12 June) -- Fresh college graduates yet they now have jobs to sustain their review for their board exams, to buy their personal needs and to contribute to the needs of their families.

Gino Hinayan, 22 years of age of Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte and Vivian Villanueva, 21, of Barangay Casilac, Panabo City are among those who have landed jobs in the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) through the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP).

The national government runs CLEEP as a mitigating measures to ward off economically adverse effects of the global financial crisis which has sent millions of workers worldwide jobless, as businesses are either closing shops or downsizing.

Hinayan, a Secondary Education graduate from Bukidnon State College-Sto. Tomas annex campus and Villanueva, an Agriculture Technology graduate of the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP), are two of the five hired by DTI Davao del Norte Provincial Office to conduct weekly price monitoring.

Villanueva is assigned to monitor the prices of construction materials, school supplies, manufactured basic and prime commodities in Panabo City while Hinayan does the same in Kapalong.

Barely two months in their job, both claim to have developed self confidence as they deal and interact with people they meet while carrying out their task.

"I was quite shy before but I have gained self confidence through my work," Villanueva said in dialect. "I have learned to widen my patience as well as gain self confidence," said Hinayan who confessed to be short tempered.

Other than developing themselves, Hinayan and Villanueva now have the money they need for their board review and to pay for their licensure board examinations.

Hinayan will be taking the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) in September while Villanueva is set to take the licensure exam for agriculture technologists in July.

Though paid with only P5,000 a month, Hinayan extends few pesos of baon (allowance) to his younger brother while Villanueva brings home food for her family during pay-days.

Hired for a six-month employment from April to October this year, the price monitors do their field work from Monday to Wednesday and consolidate data during Thursdays and Fridays.

The DTI provincial office has expanded its price monitoring coverage. It now includes Panabo City, the municipalities of Sto Tomas and Kapalong now that it has hired five price monitors through CLEEP.

Other DTI provincial offices and even regional offices are also hiring people to do price monitoring.

Along with the five price monitors, DTI provincial and regional offices have also employed a CLEEP provincial coordinator and a financial analyst to assist neophyte entrepreneurs in coming up with plans to start up their businesses.

In an interview DTI Regional Director Marizon Loreto said DTI XI has employed 37 individuals through CLEEP aside from the business opportunities that it has opened through conducting entrepreneurship trainings and business seminars. (PIA XI/JMDA) [top]

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