The Commission on Elections has exempted from the prohibition against appointment or hiring of new employees for four major programs of the Department of Labor and Employment that are expected to benefit 152, 589 job seekers in the entire country.
Hence, the four programs namely: Special Program for Employment of Students, Government Internship Program, Jobstart Philippine Program and DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program or the KABUHAYAN program will continue to be implemented across the country despite the upcoming national and local elections on May 13, 2019.
COMELEC Chairperson Sheriff M. Abas approved the request for exemption of several employment programs under DOLE as he noted that this programs have been in place for over 20 years in fulfillment of the agency’s mandate to promote gainful employment and livelihood opportunities to the marginalized.
However, approval also sets the following conditions: that the appointment is essential to the proper functioning of the office and shall not in any manner influence the conduct of the May 13 elections; it shall not involve promotion or the giving of any increase of salary, remuneration or privilege from March 29 to May 12 2019, which is prohibited without exception whatsoever and that the names, positions, location and office of the beneficiaries after their appointment.
The prospective beneficiaries of the programs are poor but deserving students, out-of-school-youth, dependents of displaced workers, no work experience, residents of areas hardly hit by disasters and calamities with ages 15 to 30 years of age.