President Duterte has signed a law that would waive government fees on documents needed by first-time jobseekers for their employment.

Republic Act 11261 or the First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act was signed by Duterte last April 10.

Under the law, government agencies including government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs), local government units (LGUs), and government hospitals will not collect fees or charges from a first-time jobseeker provided that the fee is paid in connection for the application and the granting of documents usually required in the course of employment locally or abroad. The benefit can only be availed of once.

Covered by the law are the following government issued documents:

  • Police clearance certificate
  • National Bureau of Investigation clearance
  • Barangay clearance
  • Medical certificate from a public hospital
  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Transcript of academic records issued by state colleges and universities
  • Tax Identification Number
  • Unified Multi-Purpose ID
  • Other documentary requirements issued by the government that may be required by employers from job applicants

To avail of the benefits, a first-time jobseeker must present a barangay certificate stating that the individual is a “first-time jobseeker”.

The waiver of fees and charges, however, will not include those collected in connection with the application to take a professional licensure exam, Philippine passport authentication and red ribbon of documents from the Department of Foreign Affairs, application for a Career Service Examination, and application for a driver’s license.

 “We warmly welcome the signing of our bill into law as this will financially aid our youth in finding employment,” said Senator Joel Villanueva.

The Mindanao Examiner