Zambo City starts selection for government internship program

July 20, 2012 10:46 pm 

By Teofilo P. Garcia

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 20 – The city government here has started the selection of 234 out of school and in-school youths for the implementation of the Expanded Government Internship Program (GIP), a component of the Kabataan 2000 project being implemented nationwide by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The GIP Selection Committee created by Mayor Celso Lobregat through Executive Order CL-462-2012 and led by City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo convened on Thursday at City Hall and conducted a whole day interview and screening of almost 400 applicants coming from the different barangays in the city.

Barredo said the GIP seeks to serve as a recruitment mechanism for potential public employees, adding GIP is also intended to provide opportunities for young people to earn during summer, especially for the in-school youth to encourage the young to join the public service.

Target participants of the program are in-school students, out of school youth and college graduates or graduates of vocational courses who are unemployed and aged 18-30 years old, he said.

Based on the program, the youth interns shall receive a daily stipend of P267 for 10 days to be shouldered by the DSWD, Barredo said.

He said Zamboanga City has an allocation for 234 GIP interns–24 of which will be deployed to appropriate local government departments or offices and 210 will be assigned to the 210 day care centers.

They shall perform functions related to the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, KALAHI-CIDSS program, Social Pension for indigent senior citizens, supplementary feeding program and cash for work/disaster risk reduction and management program, he said.

The GIP Selection committee is composed of the City Health Officer or his duly authorized representative, City Schools Division Superintendent or his representative, duly authorized representative for the DSWD link and duly authorized representative from the City mayor’s Office as members.

The selection committee, headed by Barredo, shall receive, review, process application and recommend to the City Mayor the names of qualified youth interns and their proposed deployment.

DSWD Regional Director Teodulo Romo said that originally, the program was intended for 52 days but due to limited funds, the region “opted to spread out the P10 million allocation to all local government units as well as the DSWD regional office and its centers and institutions.” (PNA) CTB/TPG/utb

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