The City Council has recently discussed the issues and concern of the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act such as the scope of the word ‘local’ and if the law is being observed in barangays and in government agencies. This act, also known as Republic Act No. 11261, intends to support job seekers by providing them with a range of employment-related benefits and privileges, including barangay certification and clearance, police clearance a medical certificate from public hospitals, and many more.

During a recent council meeting, a concern regarding the term “local” universities and colleges. It was questioned
whether this term also encompasses private colleges and institutions, or if it is strictly limited to public universities and colleges with the goal of promoting transparency and fairness in the council’s decision-making process. Fernando Mendoza, Regional Director of Civil Service Commission – Cordillera Administrative Region said , it’s inclusive based on the IRR.

Councilor Vladimir Cayabas inquired if the law is being observed and properly enforced by the relevant agencies.
“Before the pandemic, we were already complying with the provisions of the law. So, all first time jobseekers were given a waiver on the payment of fees for the issuance of certificate of eligibility and authentication of Civil Service Eligibility,” Mendoza said. Other government agencies- National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), PhilHealth, and Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), also mentioned that they were implementing the said law, but jobseekers must present their certificates and clearances from their respective barangays.

Representative from barangay reported that they too have been implementing the First Time Jobseekers Act, by
issuing certification free of charge. This law recognizes the challenges faced by jobseekers in the country, who often
struggle with limited financial resources. By waiving government fees for these essential documents, the law aims to help them transition from being students to productive members of the workforce.

The legislation is designed to promote economic opportunities for new job seekers and help them establish their careers in a supportive and inclusive environment. By adhering to this law, employers can create a level playing field for all applicants and provide a fair chance to those who are just starting in their professional lives.

Valerie Ann E. Dismaya/UB Intern

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