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Department of Budget and Management Allots Over ₱1.4 Billion for Employment Programs to Prepare Filipino Youth Job Seekers

Strategic programs of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) that will help provide jobs to Filipino youth have been allocated P1.401 billion for 2023.

These include the Government Internship Program, Special Program for Employment of Students, and Job Search Assistance.

“In our goal of attaining progress and prosperity, we believe that having a healthy, productive, and equipped workforce will play a great role. That’s why President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. directed us to give prime importance in investing in our labor workforce, especially the youth,” said Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman.

Under the 2023 national budget, DOLE’s Government Internship Program has been allotted P708 million.

The program consists of three to six-month internship opportunities for high school, technical-vocational, and college graduates who want to work in the government. It targets some 12,000 beneficiaries.

To further prepare the beneficiaries as they enter the labor force, DOLE’s Employment Facilitation Program had been given a budget of P769 million.

The amount includes P585 million for the Special Program for Employment of Students. This is DOLE’s youth employment-bridging program that provides temporary employment to poor but deserving students, out-of-school youth, and dependents of displaced or would-be displaced workers during summer and/or Christmas vacation, or any time of the year, to augment the family’s income, and help ensure that beneficiaries are able to pursue their education.

Meanwhile, the agency’s Job Search Assistance program has an allotment of P108 million.

For 2023, DOLE has a total budget of P26.89 billion to increase employment opportunities and better equip the country’s labor force.

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