Life Skills Training of the JobStart Philippines Act
Maria Pilar M. Lorenzo
The Philippines is suffering from a high youth unemployment rate due to slow School-to-Work Transition (Canlas, M & Pardalis, M., 2009). The Labour Force Survey Report (2016) shows that 48.2% or 1.17 million young people account to the entire country’s unemployment rate. To remedy the situation, the Philippine government enacted and thereby implemented the JobStart Philippines Act or the Republic Act 19689. Concretely, the JobStart program has three major stages namely the Life Skills training, the technical training, and the internship.
It is the objective of this paper to zero in on the first part of the program, the Life Skills Training (LST), and to examine its role vis-à-vis objectives of the entire JobStart program in the lens of Organizational Theory. There is a need to look into this aspect of the program as the then Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz explained that the LST is the heart of the Jobstart Program. The researcher primarily used interviews with Jobstart Life Skills Trainers. The insights and answers of the respondents provided a good glimpse of the program as the trainers are directly involved in handling the unemployed young people; hence, their answers exposed crucial observations, feedback and grievances, if any, among the program beneficiaries. Additional inputs and data were obtained from desk review. The salient chapters revolve around the findings with regard to organization, relevance, planning and tracking, quality process, project communication, among others. Lastly, recommendations for the improvement of the LST are provided.
This paper was presented at the 2018 Taiwan Association for Schools of Public Administration and Affairs (TASPAA) Conference with the theme of Public Administration in Changing New Values, New Issues and New Challenges. It was held on 2-3 June 2017 at Soochow University Shuang Xi Campus in Taipei, Taiwan.
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