President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law making some of the certificates and clearances required in applying to work as free of charges if you’re a fresh graduate.
According to the Republic Act, 11261 or the “First Time Job Seekers Assistance Act” newly graduated Filipinos is not required to pay fees in government agencies if they wanted to get clearances or certificates from them if they’re seeking for work.
Some of the documents before costs the newly grads hundreds of pesos each.
This is the list of certificates and clearances you can get for free:
- Police clearance certificate
- National Bureau of Investigation clearance
- Barangay clearance
- Medical certificate from a public hospital
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Transcript of academic records issued by state colleges and universities
- Tax Identification Number (TIN)
- Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) card
- Other documentary requirements issued by the government that may be required by employers for job applicants
Senator Joel Villanueva who’s the principal author of the bill expressed his happiness over the decision of President Duterte to sign it as a law.
“We warmly welcome the signing of our bill into law as this will financially aid our 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.” 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,” he added.
According to data, job applicants spent 2,000 pesos for employment requirements alone and still not included the food and transportation expenses.