Law exempts first-time jobseekers from fees on gov’t issued docs

First-time job seekers need not worry about the costs of government issued documents as the newly approved law exempt them from paying these fees.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11261 or the First-time Jobseekers Assistance Act which waives government fees and charges on documents needed by first-time jobseekers for their employment.

Under the measure, individuals who seek employment for the first time will be able to secure identification documents and clearances issued by the government for free.

These include police and barangay clearance, medical certificates from government clinics and hospitals, NBI certificate, birth and/or marriage certificates, tax identification number (TIN), transcript of records from SUCs, and Unified Multi-Purpose ID card (UMID), among other government documents that may be required by employers.

Data shows that job applicants pay as much as P2,000 for these employment requirements notwithstanding other expenses such as additional money for transportation, food, among others.

First-time applicants will only be asked to submit a barangay certification as proof that the individual is a first-time jobseeker. The law covers not only fresh graduates but also out-of-school youth.

The First-time Jobseekers Assistance Act mandates the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) in different provinces, municipalities and cities to assist the first-time job seekers in securing the required documents for application.

Concerned government agencies shall maintain an annual roster of all individuals who have been issued documents under the Act and submit the roster to the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), which in turn shall compile a database of the beneficiaries that is accessible to all the agencies.

The law will also create an inter-agency monitoring committee to monitor the compliance of the concerned government agencies granting the waiver of fees and charges. Failure to comply with the Act could result in the filing of administrative charges.

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