Having a down-to-earth persona and dedication at work are one the stepping stones to becoming successful—especially if one had no prior experience in the workplace.

That’s how Precious Joy Alejandro was able to earn the respect of her colleagues at the Malabon City Mayor’s Office. Before becoming one of the youngest permanent employees at Malabon City Hall, she worked her way up when she was still a beneficiary of the Government Internship Program (GIP).

Little did everyone know that behind her amicable image and strengthened personality was once a very timid young lady. Yet her humble beginnings as a GIP beneficiary led her to discover her potential in the field of public service.

Alejandro had her fair share of struggles in landing a job despite having a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Business Management. She once feared of discrimination during her job hunt because she already has a son at a young age of 22.

When Alejandro became a GIP beneficiary in 2020 and was assigned at the office of then Malabon City Mayor Antolin A. Oreta III, she was able to acquire workplace skills through different tasks assigned to her.

“Bukod sa pagkatuto sa mga pasikut-sikot ng trabaho, natuto po akong makisalamuha sa iba’t-ibang uri ng tao,” she added.

With her passion to serve the public, she signed up as a volunteer worker in the same office after her stint as a GIP beneficiary.

Eventually, the human resource department of the City Government of Malabon learned about Alejandro’s good work ethics and was told to submit her application for a permanent position.

The hard work paid off when she was appointed to a permanent role at the City Mayor’s Office in 2021.

Asked about her parting messages, Alejandro said: “Marami po sa aming mga kabataan ang may pangarap pero nahahadlangan lang ng mga sirkumstansya. ‘Wag tayong sumuko at kapag nagkaroon ng pagkakataon, galingan natin…”

“Sana po mas palawigin pa ang mga proyekto ng DOLE gaya ng GIP dahil ito ang tumutulong sa aming mga kabataang wala pang trabaho, para makapagsimula,” she said.

GIP is a program of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) aimed at attracting the best and the brightest youth into the field of government service through a 6-month on-the-job exposure.

END / Angelica Fresnoza