The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) forged partnership to provide employment assistance to the beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer program, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, during the celebration of the Labor Day 2018. This provision is also offered to newly-graduated grantees of the Expanded Students Grant-in-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) for possible immediate hiring.

The Bureau of Local Employment proposed to provide employment assistance to 4Ps and ESGP-PA grantees by setting express lanes at job fair areas in Zamboanga Ecozone on April 30 and May 1 and KCC Mall de Zamboanga on May 2.

All 4Ps beneficiaries and ESGP-PA grantees who have internet access were advised to sign in and pre-register on PhilJobNet online while beneficiaries who do not have access to the internet were asked to accomplish the National Skills Registration Form (NSRP) Form 1 or “Jobseekers Registration Form” and present said document during the jobs fair activity.

Prior to the event, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, through the convergence initiative of District 1 program implementers and the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), conducted a 2-day pre-employment orientation amongst 4Ps beneficiaries to prepare them for the recruitment processes.

Omar Sharif Mohammad, a 23 years old Pantawid member, tried his luck after attending the orientation. Mohammad is on for his final interview during the jobs fair and he was referred to a Housekeeping position in one of the biggest business establishments in Zamboanga City.

The pre-employment orientation has helped Mohammad organize a good resumé for a higher chance of getting employed during the jobs fair.

The same jobs fair event is held in other regions in the country and likewise, 4Ps beneficiaries are accommodated and encouraged to apply.