MANILA Senator Sonny Angara on Tuesday said the newly-signed First-time Jobseekers Assistance Act (Republic Act 11261) would provide financial relief to cash-strapped jobseekers in acquiring relevant government documents needed for their employment.
Angara lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law a measure that would exempt first-time jobseekers from paying fees and charges in obtaining government documents despite knowing it would result in foregone revenues.
We express our sincerest gratitude to the President for signing into law this landmark legislation that would exempt an estimated 1.3 million first-time jobseekers annually from paying fees on government-issued documents that are inordinately expensive for people without regular job, said Angara, who co-authored the Senate version of the law.
This is one classic example where the government prioritizes the welfare of its people over revenues," Angara added.
The documents covered by the newly-enacted law include police clearance, NBI clearance, barangay clearance, medical certificate from public hospitals, birth and marriage certificates, tax identification number, community tax certificate, multi-purpose ID card, and other documentary requirements issued by the government that may be required by employers.
Angara cited data showing that job applicants pay as much as PHP2,000 for employment requirements.
The costs of looking for work often lead to perverse outcome where jobseekers, having fallen into debt to meet these costs, find themselves worse off before and even unable to pay for basic like food," Angara said.
Senator Joel Villanueva, principal author of the law, said the new law would financially aid the youth in finding employment.
"Ang pagsasabatas po ng ating First-time Jobseekers Assistance Act ay hindi lamang isang malaking tulong pinansyal para sa ating kabataan kundi isa ring napapanahong graduation gift para sa ating masisipag na fresh grads (The enactment of the First-time Jobseekers Assistance Act is not only a great financial aid for the youth, but also a timely graduation gift for our hardworking fresh graduates)," Villanueva said.
"Lubos po tayong nagpapasalamat sa ating Pangulo sa paglagda ng natatanging batas na ito gayundin po sa ating mga kapwa mambabatas na sinuportahan ang ating adbokasiya na tulungan ang ating kabataan sa paghahanap ng disenteng trabaho (We are extremely grateful to our President for signing this into law, as well as the lawmakers who supported this advocacy to help the youth in finding decent jobs)," Villanueva added.
Villanueva said the bill aims to address the uncertainty being faced by fresh graduates on their school-to-work transition.
Villanueva noted that it takes a high school graduate up to three years to find a first job, while it takes a college graduate one year.
"Ganun po halos katagal ang paghahanap ng trabaho ng ating kabataan kaya sa bisa po ng ating bagong batas, siguradong mapapadali po ang pagkuha nila ng mga dokumento na kailangan nila sa trabaho (That's how long it takes for our youth to find a job. This new law would make it easier for them to acquire the required documents in their job application)," Villanueva said.
"Kung magkakatrabaho po kaagad ang ating mga kabataan at hindi sila tambay, makikinabang po ang lahat, lalo na ang kanilang pamilya na umaasa sa kanila, at mas sisigla pa ang ating ekonomiya (If they immediately find employment, they will no longer be idle, everyone would benefit, especially their families who depend on them, and it would help boost the economy)," the senator added. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency