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DOLE-GIP; truly life changing

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  • Mhike R. C.
  • 7 years ago

CITY of BALANGA, Bataan Eian Geoffrey Cruz, Jinky Recio, and Rovinnel Soriano share one thing in common: they now have jobs; thanks to the Department of Labor and Employment Government Internship Program (DOLE-GIP).

DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione said that the three DOLE-GIP interns from Bataan are among the 1,434 beneficiaries from different parts of Central Luzon who participated in last year’s pilot implementation of the program in the region.

The DOLE-GIP aims to provide marginalized young-workers opportunity to demonstrate their talents and skills in the field of public service, particularly in areas of labor and employment. The beneficiaries worked for six months and assigned at various local government units (LGUs), barangay offices, public schools, and other government agencies.

Life before DOLE-GIP

Before joining the DOLE-GIP, the three young interns had their own struggles in life and challenges that they faced in juggling school, work, and family.

Information Technology (IT) graduate Eian Geoffrey Cruz from Orion, a son of a farmer/mechanic and school teacher, once had to briefly quit school to help his family. “Habang ako po ay nag-aaral sa Baguio, nagretiro po ang nanay ko sa pagtuturo at nag-invest sa real estate. Sa kasamaang palad, siya po ay naging biktima ng estafa. Sinubukan naming mag iba ng negosyo subalit kami po ay nabigo,” Cruz shared.

To make matters worse, their bad experiences in business buried them to deep debt. Their house and farm lots were in loan and less clients were coming into his father’s auto-repair shop.

For two years, Cruz was compelled to work as a Call Center agent in order to help his parents as well as send his siblings to school.

Meanwhile, 26-year Balanga City resident Jinky Recio, an unemployed mother of one, was compelled to work because her husband only had seasonal jobs as a construction worker. “Ako po ay nakapagtapos ng 2-year Tourism course, meron narin isang anak. Ang asawa ko naman po ay “on-call” sa construction site. Kaya, noong malaman ko pong merong DOLE-GIP, ako po ay nagbakasakaling mapasama dito,” Recio told 1bataan.com

Abucay-native Rovinnel Soriano, an associate in Technical Graphics is a son of a security guard and an OFW in Dubai. “Kahit nasa abroad po si mama, di naman po namin nakakasama si papa dahil hiwalay na po sila, mayroon din po siyang ibang pamilyang sinusuportahan. Kaya naman po ako ay sumali sa DOLE-GIP para narin po makatulong sa aking pamilya,” Soriano said.

Lessons learned as a DOLE-GIP Intern

Even before becoming a DOLE-intern, Cruz already took an on-the-job training with the DOLE Bataan Field Office. “Kahit di po related sa kurso ko ang mga gawain sa DOLE, marami po akong natutunan dito lalung-lalo na po sa iba’t ibang mga programa nito tulad ng pag-facilitate ng job fair, assistance sa labor education at kung anu-ano pa,” Cruz shared, adding: “Kaya po noong ako po ay napasama sa DOLE-GIP, mas nagkaroon po ako ng karagdagang kaalaman sa mga programa ng DOLE. Natutunan ko pong mag-assist sa pag-prepare ng mga project proposals, humarap at mag-assist sa mga kliyente na humihingi ng tulong sa DOLE.”

Recio and Soriano, meanwhile, were assigned at the Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to assist the PESO staff on employment and welfare programs. “Marami po kaming natutunan bilang interns dito sa Provincial PESO. Nagkaroon kami ng kumpiyansa sa aming sarili na humarap at makitungo sa iba’t ibang tao. Nabigyan po kami ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng exposure sa trabaho sa larangan ng public service,” Recio said.

“Ang DOLE-GIP po ay nagbukas ng daan sa amin para gamitin namin ang aming natutunan sa paaralan. Malaking bagay po na nagkaroon pa po kami ng additional skills, tulad ng life skills na maggagamit din po namin sa darating na panahon,” Soriano added.

The hard work and sacrifice of Cruz, Recio, and Soriano have paid-off after completing their 6 months of government work as DOLE-GIP interns. Cruz, for his notable persistence and performance as an OJT, Job Order, volunteer, and DOLE-GIP, landed him a permanent position as Administrative Aide VI at the DOLE Bataan Field Office. “Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat sa DOLE sa binigay nilang pagkakataon sa akin upang mapabilang sa DOLE-GIP dahil ito po ay naging daan upang ipamalas ko ang aking kakayahan at noong ako po ay pumasa sa Civil Service exam at nag-apply sa DOLE, ako po ay pinalad na magkaroon ng disente at permanenteng trabaho,” Cruz said.

Recio and Soriano, who were both given Job Orders as Clerk I to further extend their work at the Provincial PESO, urged other young job aspirants to continue pursuing their dreams. “Sa mga tulad namin na kahit 2-years lang po ang natapos sa pag-aaral, wag po kayong panghinaan ng loob dahil meron pong mga programang tulad ng DOLE-GIP na pwedeng magbigay po sa inyo ng pagkakataon na magkaroon ng disenteng trabaho,” Recio said.

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