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More jobs up for grab in TESDA's jobs bridging and internship program

by MA Loterte

Legazpi City (19 June) -- Thousands of jobseekers are expected to join the Jobs Bridging and Internship Program of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) today (June19) at the Albay Astrodome here.

Conrado Bares, TESDA Bicol regional director, told PIA Ugnayan sa Bikol the program hopes to assist overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), displaced workers and the unemployed to find suitable jobs by bringing in government institutions, private companies, and recruitment agencies that offer job opportunities and could possible hire workers on the spot.

The activity will be open to jobseekers from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

He said TESDA's Jobs Bridging and Internship Program is the government's response to generate jobs to cushion the effects of the global economic crisis among the country's labor force.

He added that it is TESDA's response to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's economic resiliency program to address the present global economic crisis.

Tomorrow's event will provide a venue for the displaced workers to find employment opportunities or a chance to undergo internship program under the Pangulong Gloria Scholarship program. It will also be a venue for new graduates to find employment without going through the rigors of applying for a job.

Bares explained that the jobs bridging and internship activity is a one of its kind jobs fair and greatly varies from the other jobs fairs that have been carried out by other national government agencies (NGAs) and local government units (LGUs).

"This program is a unique activity because it will be a technology-based job-matching encounter. Job applicants will be engaging with employers both local and overseas through the web," he elaborated.

Bares also averred another unique feature of the program is that all applicants to the job bridging and internship activity will go home with a gold card, which will enable the applicant to have a worldwide access to employers. Through the gold card, the applicants profile will be made available through the web.

Other services to be provided include PGMA skills retraining, Career Guidance Services under Youth Profiling for Starting Career (YP4SC), and manpower pooling for future job assistance.

For those who lack the competencies required for workers, TESDA will offer free training under the PGS program which is a platform to that links job training directly to job recruiters, displaced workers and overseas Filipino workers.

Other government agencies that will participate to the one-day event include DOLE, OWWA, POEA, DA, DENR, DOT and DPWH who are the front liners in the implementation of the Comprehensive Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (CLEEP); while the BIR, DFA, NBI, SSS and NSO will process and issue required documents for employment. (PIA V) [top]

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