234 GIP workers sworn in today PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 August 2012 13:33

At least 234 students mostly college and vocational graduates will start today their employment with the city government under the expanded Government Internship Program (GIP) of the Aquino administration through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo announced this yesterday, saying the 234 interns, who were hired following rigid screening and interviews, will be assigned in the different offices of the city government, especially in DSWD-related projects.

Prior to their deployment to the field and areas of assignment, the GIP workers will be sworn into office by Mayor Celso Lobregat during the mass oath taking today at the City Social Welfare and Development Office in Pettit Barracks.

Also open for out-of-school youths who would want to take part in nation-building, the expanded GIP is part of the Aquino administration’s efforts to strengthen youth participation in nation-building, expose them to government service, train them on life skills, and contribute to their economic well-being.

Under the program, the interns will have to complete 52 days of work. This means they may not start at the same time as long as they can complete the 52 days. They are entitled to stipend commensurate to the applicable minimum wage in the region. Funds for the purpose will come from DSWD.

The DSWD will be hiring 90,865 youths nationwide with a budget allocation of more than P1.3 billion. The DSWD still continues to implement the regular Government Internship Program for 2012 with a budget allocation of P1.8 million for the stipend of 340 youths nationwide.

The expansion of the program will allow the DSWD to reach out to more youths. — Vic Larato