Senate bill seeks 20% discount for indigent job seekers on pre-employment documents

CANDIDATES wait outside an employment agency in Manila on June 08, 2022. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ KRIZ JOHN ROSALES

A bill granting a 20% reduction in fees charged to indigent job seekers for government-issued pre-employment documents has been reintroduced in the Senate.

For poor Filipinos trying to support themselves and their families, the fees on the documents they have to submit are burdensome,Senator Jose jinggoyEstrada said in Filipino in a statement on Sunday.

The little they can spend daily is further reduced by permissions and certificates.

Senate Bill 47 or the Indigent Job Seekers Reduction Act aims to help poor job seekers by reducing pre-employment costs as they try to find a source of income in the Philippines or abroad.

The measure will cover clearances issued by the National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine National Police, marriage certificate and live birth certificate from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), as well as transcript and certified copy diploma from state universities and colleges.

It also includes a medical certificate for local employment from any public hospital approved by the Ministry of Health, a certificate of eligibility for public service from the Public Service Commission, a national certificate and a certificate of competence issued by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and other documentary requirements. issued by the government which may be required by employers.

Qualified beneficiaries include those certified by the PSA as living below the poverty line as well as members of governmentconditional cash transfer program known as 4Ps or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

Those who falsify documents or abuse privileges granted by law will be subject to penalties under the revised Penal Code and will be excluded from benefits.

He who has less in life should have more in law. This Magsaysay Creed is my cue in this bill. The government should always consider the welfare of the Filipino masses,said the senator.

A similar measure passed the final reading in the House of Representatives in the previous Congress, but failed to pass in the Senate.

Another law, Republic Act 11261 or the First Time Job Seeker Assistance Act, makes it mandatory to issue these documents free of charge to those who have not been previously employed. Alyssa Nicole O. Tan

Norman D. Briggs