Since most (if not all!) first-time job applicants have very limited financial resources to support their job-hunting, the government is now pushing to get the First-time Jobseekers Assistance Act approved and implemented. This bill seeks to waive the fees and charges on government documents and clearances that are required by offices and establishments from applicants.
When applying for a job, an applicant will be required to submit several documents as proof of their identity, residency, and legal clearance to engage in government or private employment. These documents are issued with corresponding fees and charges that could be a bit hefty for a jobseeker’s limited budget. Among these documents are (but not limited to these):
- Police Clearance Certificate
- National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance
- Cedula (Community Tax Certificate)
- Barangay Clearance
- Medical Certificate from public hospitals
- Work Permit (Mayor’s Permit)
- Birth Certificate
- Marriage Certificate
How much do these documents and clearances cost?
- Police Clearance Certificate – Php 100
- NBI Clearance – Php 130
- Health Certificate – Php 300 to Php 500 (depends on the laboratory fees)
- Work Permit (Mayor’s Permit) – Php 235
- Pag-IBIG Number – Php 100
- Birth Certificate – Php 155
- Marriage Certificate – Php 155
If you are to secure all of the above, you have to at least have Php 1,175 for the documents and clearances alone. This amount still does not include your food, transportation, printing, and photocopying expenses.
Should the bill be approved and signed into law, the above fees shall be waived and first-time job seekers can secure copies of these documents for free. They need only to submit the certified true copy of their diplomas or certifications from academic, vocational, or technical institutions. First-time job seekers include fresh graduates, students on leave from school and out-of-school youth.
The exemption from paying fees and charges may only be given to an individual once and does not include fees in connection with an application for licensure examinations such as those conducted by the Professional Regulation Commission, DFA, document authentication, Civil Service Commission exams, and applications for driver’s licenses.
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