President Duterte signs law making free gov’t fees for first-time jobseekers

President Duterte signs law making free gov’t fees for first-time jobseekers

- 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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