A total of 300 students and fresh graduates from Pasig City who were hired under the local government’s Government Internship Program (GIP) have already started on their jobs at the city hall for a period of three months.
The local government’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO) started the hiring of job-seeking students who want to experience a job at the government from 24 to 31 January.
City Councilor Rhichie Brown, chairman of the Committee on Labor and Employment, said he is elated to know that the applicants are so eager to learn on what government work is all about, not even focusing on how much they would be earning
According to Brown, the local government is so serious on this program as they tried to avoid the old practice of giving GIP workers menial duties.
“Now it’s all about real work. Whatever the ordinary employees do, they also do it. They are not limited to just fixing coffee or running errands.,” Brown said.
“Our main concern now os for them not to be deployed yet in hospitals due to the threat of the coronavirus. We don’t want to expose them there,” the city councilor said.
The local government is targeting at least 1,200 GIP for the whole year, 4,500 for the Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers and Special Program for the Employment of Students.
But according to Brown, there are students who already stopped schooling after their GIP especially if they already experienced receiving a salary.
“The Government Internship Program is 100 percent funded by the local government and for this batch, we got 300 college graduates and those in the college level.” the city councilor added.