Youthful Mayor Sonny Pablo echoes R.A. 11261, inspires students

Mayor Sonny Pablo of the Municipality of Rizal is probably the first Local Chief Executive in the Province of Occidental Mindoro to echo and implement Republic Act No. 11261 or the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act as implicitly posted at his Facebook account, January 15.

Attending the Work Immersion Program Orientation at Rizal National High School, Mayor Sonny Pablo underscored the importance of senior high school studentsexperiencing the actual work environment in the local government unit.

WORK IMMERSION ORIENTATION. Mayor Sonny Pable speaking before students and parents at Rizal National High School informing them of his plan to collect no fees for any government clearances and other documents to students.

Mayor Sonny Pablo also added and promised that he will implement a policy where students can have pertinent documents and clearances for free as may be required by the government or private agencies for employment application purposes. Barangay officials will also be encouraged to do the same.

Bilang tulong sa mga batang ito ay ipinangako natin sa kanila na gawing “LIBRE” ang lahat ng requirements na iniatas sa kanila ng gobyerno maliban sa Cedula na nasasakupan ng ating bayan, katulad ng Police Clearance, Health Certificate at maging ang Mayor’s Clearance. Kasabay nito ang paghikayat natin sa mga Kapitan na maging ang kanilang Barangay Clearance ay gawin naring libre.

Mayor Ernesto “Sonny” Pablo

The youthful Mayor Sonny Pablo is the son of feisty Board Member Sonia Pablo who is currently a member of the Province’s Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

From The Inside

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Mayor Sonny Pablo with Rizal National High School teachers and representatives. Photo from Mayor Ernesto Sonny Pablo Facebook account.

R.A. 11261 or the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act

Principally authored and sponsored in the Senate by Sen. Joel Villanueva as Chairman of Committee of Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development, R.A 11261 frees the fresh college graduates from any payment in getting “government documentary requirements”.

The first time jobseeker however will only be able to avail the privilege once and for one copy only.

Signed by President Duterte into law on April 10, 2019, Sec. 3 mandates all government agencies and instrumentalities, including government owned and controlled corporations (GOCC), local government units (LGUs), and government hospitals not to collect fees or charges from a first time jobseeker as long as it pertains with the application for and granting of licenses, proofs of identification, clearances, certificates or other documents usually required in the course of employment locally or abroad.

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R.A. 11261 author Sen. Joel Villanueva.

The waiver of fees however shall not include those collected in connection with the following:

  • Application to take a professional licensure examination conducted by Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)
  • Application for a Philippine Passport
  • Authentication and red ribbon of documents form the Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Application for a Career Service Examination with Civil Service Commission (CSC)
  • Application for a driver’s license from the Land Transportation Office (LTO)

Covered Government Documents

Here is the list of the government-issued documents that are free of charge:

  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • National Bureau of Investigation Clearance
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Medical Certificate from a public hospital, provided that the fees and charges collected for laboratory test and other medical procedures required for the the grant of of a medical certificate shall not be free of charge
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Transcript of academic records issued by stage colleges and universities
  • Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) card
  • Other documentary requirements issued by government that may be required by employers from job applicants

What You Should Know

In order to avail them, an applicant must present a barangay certification stating that he is indeed a first time jobseeker and has not been found guilty of fabrication or falsification of documents.

Students Work Immersion Program

Work Immersion Program is part of K to 12 Basic Education Curriculum for senior high school students and is one of the course requirements for Grade 11/12 to graduate. They are required to finish/spend 80 hours and should have taken at least four (4) Specialized Subjects.

AS contained in the program, a senior high student has to undergo Work Immersion in an industry directly related to his post-secondary goal and to become exposed and familiar with work-related environment related to their field of specialization to enhance competence.

Consequently, the students are expected to:

  • gain relevant and practical industrial skills under guidance of industry experts and workers
  • appreciate the importance and application of the principles and theories taught in school
  • enhance their technical knowledge and sills
  • enrich their skills in communications and human relations
  • develop good work habits, attitudes, appreciation, and respect for work

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