Duterte administration is apparently doing a good job in answering the essential needs of typical citizens. The cost of applying for fresh graduates’ pre-employment needs is not a problem anymore. This is specially beneficial to our kababayan who are financially challenged.
On April 10, the Republic Act 11261 or “First Time Job Seekers Assistance Act” was signed into law by the President. Under this law, first time applicants will not be charged of any form of fees in getting government documents and clearance for their employment.
Take note that this benefit can be availed only once.
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What free Government Documents can you avail?
Here’s a list of government-issued documents that can be be acquired for free by first timers.
- Barangay clearance
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Medical certificate from public hospitals
- National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance
- Police clearance certificate
- Tax Identification Number (TIN)
- Transcript of academic records issued by state colleges and universities
- Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) card
- Other documentary requirements issued by the government that may be required by employers for job applicants.
Before first-time applicants can avail the documents for free, they need to present a barangay certificate proving that they are indeed seeking for employment for the first time.
The government will manage a database of beneficiaries to prevent possible abuse. The Department of Information and Communications Technology shall track those people who already availed the benefit of getting the government documents for free.
You might need any of the following: List of Acceptable Valid IDs in the Philippines.
What Government Documents Cannot Be Availed Free?
There are exemptions to the rule. Application of the documents below are not included in the waiver of fee:
- Authentication of documents from the Department of Foreign Affairs
- Career Service Examination
- Driver’s License
- Philippines passport
- Professional licensure examination
These are the ones who can avail the benefits of this new law:
- K-12 program completer.
- Bachelor’s degree holders.
- Undergo technical or vocational course from any school, college, university, or technical-vocational institutions in the country.
- Students who have taken leaves of absence.
- Enrolled students working part-time.
- Out of school youths.
In every province, city, and municipality, the law mandates the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) to assist first-time job seekers in acquiring all the necessary documents for their first job application:
- Certifications or clearances
- Registration or enrollment with government agencies
- BIR, SSS, Philhealth, Pag-IBIG
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