- President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law for first-time jobseekers
- The new law waives the fees and charges for government documents needed by fresh applicants
- However, there are exceptions under the new measure
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President Rodrigo Duterte has recently signed into law a measure seeking to waive the government fees for first-time jobseekers. KAMI learned that the President signed RA 11261 or “First Time Job Seekers Assistance Act” on April 10.
In a report by the ABS-CBN News (author Joyce Balancio), a barangay certification that indicates a person is seeking employment for the first time is required. The new benefit could only be availed once by fresh graduates and out-of-school youth.
Under the new law, first-time jobseekers can get the following documents free of charge:
- Barangay clearance
- Birth certificate
- Police clearance certificate
- National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance
- Transcript of academic records issued by state colleges and universities
- Tax Identification Number (TIN)
- Medical certificate from a public hospital
- Marriage certificate
- Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) card
- Other documentary requirements issued by the government that may be required by employers for job seekers.
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However, the new law does not apply for passport application, driver’s license application, Career Service Examination application, and authentication of documents from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
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