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Paid internship for youngsters


Cebu City, Philippines. In Northern and Southern Cebu, at least 230 youth claimed their wages in the total amount of PHP1,211,026.52 as beneficiaries of the Government Internship Program (GIP) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). 

Mostly high school and tech-voc graduates, beneficiaries worked for three (3) to a maximum of six (6) months in the local government units of Madridejos, Sta. Fe, Bantayan, Daanbantayan, Medellin, San Remigio, and Bogo City in the North and in Tabuelan, Talisay City, Alegria, Malabuyoc, and Ginatilan in the South. 

Beneficiaries were all considered indigent workers and were trained in various tasks such as those in encoding and filing documents, messengerial services, human resource, acceptance and registration of permit applications, and assistance during job fairs, among others, said DOLE-Cebu Provincial Field Office (CPFO) Head Ms. Ma. Grace V. Diaz. 

Each beneficiary was paid at least 75% of the existing minimum wage rate applicable to their assigned offices. 

DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao said that to ensure smooth implementation of the program, the DOLE is the one that determines the distribution of necessary interns in government agencies per Congressional district subject to DBM and COA rules. 

“We also make sure to assign interns of the DOLE functions enumerated in the guidelines; determine, process, and facilitate the payment of stipends/allowances of the interns and their engagement in government agencies; and submit monthly GIP monitoring form and list of beneficiaries to the Bureau of Local Employment or BLE,” he added. 

The internship program now extends its coverage to the youth coming from and/or identified at the National Household Targeting System and Priority areas identified by the Joint Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cluster and NEDA Social Development Committee. 

Interested parties, the DOLE-7 Head said further, should be at least high school or tech-voc graduates and between 18 to 25 years old. 

“With GIP, we target to provide deserving interns with an opportunity to demonstrate their talents and skills in the field of public service, hoping that in so doing, we will be able to attract the best and the brightest who want to pursue a career in government service, more specifically in areas very much related to labor and employment," Director Ticao finally said.








For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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