Paper Presentation: Life Skills Training, Soochow University (Taiwan)

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. Set against this backdrop that this study seeks to examine the Life Skills Training (LST) component of the JobStart Program, a youth-unemployment-mitigation program, through 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 and additional data were obtained from desk review. The salient chapters discuss the findings relating to organization, relevance, planning and tracking, quality process, and project communication.


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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