By Liza Soriano
MANILA – Senator Grace Poe urged the government agencies to hasten the release of necessary documents for first-time job seekers.
“We must give our all-out support to every Filipino striving to get a job for the first time,” Poe said.
Poe cited that Republic Act 11261 or the First-Time Jobseekers Assistance Act mandates concerned government agencies not to collect fees for clearances or documents that they need to land a job.
The senator emphasized that the National Bureau of Investigation, police, and barangay clearances, birth certificates, tax identification numbers, unified multi-purpose identification cards, transcripts of records from state universities and colleges, and other government-issued documents that employers may require from job applicants must be provided free of charge.
“They should not miss the opportunity to begin a career and, in turn, help their families cope with the challenging times,” Poe said.
Under the law, those availing of the said benefits shall be required to present a barangay certification which should also be given free of charge, and declare that the applicant is a first-time job seeker.
“One crucial document may just be the only thing needed by an applicant to complete a job application. Furnishing it to him or her for free can help make a difference,” Poe said. (ai/mtvn)