DOLE, Aboitiz Group partner for JobStart Philippines

SIGNED AND SEALED. At the Aboitiz Group office, the Aboitiz Group and DOLE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of the DOLE JobStart Philippines program. In photo (from left): DOLE Undersecretary Carmela Torres, DOLE Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, Aboitiz Group President and CEO Sabin Aboitiz, and AEV Chief External Affairs Officer David Jude Sta. Ana.

The Aboitiz Group and the Department of Labor and Employment signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Thursday, 25 May, in support of DOLE’s JobStart Philippines program.

The MOU was signed by DOLE Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma and Aboitiz Group President and Chief Executive Officer Sabin Aboitiz at the Aboitiz Group office in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The Aboitiz Group was identified by DOLE as a strategic partner in the implementation of its JobStart Philippines program, which aims to shorten the job search period of young Filipinos who are not in education, employment, or training (youth NEET) by providing them with career coaching, life skills, and technical training, and paid internships with major employers.

“Partnership lies at the core of JobStart. A full implementation cycle begins and ends with strengthening its relationship with partner employers that facilitate the most crucial stages of a new jobseeker’s path to productive and decent employment. That is why, as we conduct today’s monumental event, I express my gratitude to Aboitiz Equity Ventures for choosing to take part in the Department’s mission of economic development by improving the employability of young Filipinos and shortening their job search period,” said Laguesma.

“Young Filipinos, nowadays, all over the country have this distinct hunger and insatiable quest for learning and new experiences, and this is what drives us to constantly push the boundaries of the program’s coverage through purpose-driven initiatives. With business units in six of the biggest sectors in the country, I am confident that this partnership with the Aboitiz Group will help foster JobStart Philippines’ advocacy to promote and improve the security of our youth’s future,” he added.

As the Aboitiz Group undergoes its `Great Transformation’ to become the Philippines’ first Techglomerate, it is leveraging technology and innovation to find better ways of advancing businesses and communities. This has gotten the Group the notice of the public as a partner of choice in modernizing communities, including working with the public sector to ensure the Filipino youth are future-ready for the work of today and tomorrow.

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