- 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
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.
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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