A new law was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte last April 10, 2019 named as “First Time Job Seeker Assistance Act” or the Republic Act 11261. It is a law where the Government will now provide FREE job application requirements for the First Time Job Seekers.
Under the new law, government entities both national and local must waive document fees for first-time job seekers when they apply for government documents needed for employment in the country or even abroad.
These are the following documents covered:
- Police Clearance Certificate
- NBI Clearnce
- Barangay Clearance
- Medical Certificate from public hospital
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
- TOR from state Colleges and Universities
- Tax Identification Number (TIN)
- Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID) card
- Other documentary requirements issued by the government that may be required by employers from job applicants
However, this law is only for the first time job seekers. So to avail this benefit, first-time job seekers need to present a barangay certification that he or she is seeking an employment for the first.
Rappler – government fees for applications to take professional licensure examinations conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission are not covered by RA 11261.
First-time job applicants must also still pay fees for application for Philippine passport authentication and application for a Career Service Examination with the Civil Service Commission.
Fees for application for a driver’s license are also not among the fees to be waived.
A job seeker can only avail of the privilege once. To monitor this, government agencies are ordered to keep a roster of all persons who have benefited from the new law.
The Department of Information and Communications Technology is to keep a database of all these individuals.