Over the years, the challenges confronted by the youth in employment had become more evident due to the unpredictability of the world of work amid health crisis. During these unpredictable times, various government interventions aimed at equipping the future jobseekers to be “workforce-ready” is necessary to strengthen their work preparedness.

To provide a broader outlook on their school-to-work transition, the City Government of Muntinlupa through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) initiated virtual seminar series on labor education for graduating students (LEGS) from February to March 2022 in partnership with the MUNTAPARLAS Field Office of the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR).

“We believe that the information that the LEGS program imparts to the would-be entrants to the world of work is critical in the preparation for the next phase of their life,” said Muntinlupa City PESO Manager Glenda Z. Aniñon.

“Thus, as part of its Labor Market Information (LMI) portfolio, PESO Muntinlupa City considers the LEGS as one of the top learning sessions we give to our clients,” she added.

A total of 3,160 graduating students from eight (8) participating public and private academic establishments such as Senior High Schools, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs), and the Tertiary Educational institutions in Muntinlupa benefitted from the e-learning series.

Also tapped to share relevant information on government-mandated benefits for workers include representatives from the Social Security System (SSS), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

As part of understanding the school-to-work transition, the graduating students learned the fundamentals of LMI, General Labor Standards (GLS), obligations of workers, social security coverage, and health care benefits for workers. Accordingly, graduating students will be able to take advantage of the acquired LMI to protect themselves from any unfair labor practices.

Meanwhile, Juvy De Leon, representative of the Lyceum of Alabang, Inc., shared the cumulative benefits of the LEGS program and emphasized how it provided insights to their students to which they can use once they become part of the workforce.

“We are grateful to have this LEGS program for the awareness of our graduating students on labor standards. They were able to learn and become familiar with DOLE’s services on employment assistance, worker’s protection, and social security coverage of an employee. It had equipped them to contribute to establishing more cooperative labor-management relations and the attainment of decent and productive work, and it had raised the understanding of every student on their rights and duties, proper behaviors at work, expectations, and skills which they can use once they enter the world of work,” she said.

END / Christinne Jeremiah Torrecampo