JobStart 2022 puts emphasis on digital transformation

The Bureau of Local Employment held a DOLE Regional Directors’ Meeting on the 2022 rollout of the JobStart Philippines (JSP) Program on 31 January 2022 via Zoom, gathering heads and representatives of the DOLE Regional Offices (ROs) to discuss the program’s milestones, current implementation updates, and ways forward for the program.

Labor Assistant Secretary Mariano Alquiza welcomed the attendees on behalf of Undersecretary Renato L. Ebarle, highlighting the shift, not only of the JobStart implementation, but public service in general towards digital transformation. He acknowledged the hard work and continuous cooperation of the DOLE ROs in facilitating the Department’s programs and employment facilitation at the local level.

DOLE Regional Directors’ Meeting for JobStart 2022 Group Photo via Zoom
DOLE Regional Directors’ Meeting for JobStart 2022 Group Photo via Zoom

Following that, the JobStart Philippines unit of the BLE talked through the 2021 implementation updates and selection process of 2022 implementing areas. Based on each municipality’s capacity to maintain their operations, placement rate, fund utilization rate, budget allocated by the LGU, and their willingness to participate based on the 2021 year-end survey, the BLE proposed 13 areas for the 2022 implementation.

Additionally, all the ROs were asked to nominate areas that can potentially implement the program, from which the JSP team would select three (3) additional areas for the year’s program rollout.

To strengthen the capacity of new areas, trainings will be conducted through capacity building activities to prepare them for implementation next year.

During a period where acquiring a decent livelihood is particularly challenged, it is very important that the effectiveness and efficiency of executing programs like JobStart is prioritized.

The Regional Directors’ meeting allowed all RDs to better understand how to improve their implementation of the JobStart Philippines program and helped them rediscover and realign their plans and strategies to ensure a better management system, bringing young individuals in need a step closer to stable jobs.