The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is now accepting applications for the Government Internship Program (GIP), with 1,360 slots nationwide for young Filipinos 18 to 25 years old.
Interested applicants may apply at the DSWD Central Office in Batasan or at the DSWD Regional Office nearest them. Deadline of submission of applications is on March 19.
The GIP is one of the components of the Kabataan 2000 program of the national government which was developed to provide opportunities for in-school youth to have hands-on experience working in various government agencies.
For the 2018 nationwide implementation, the GIP has a fund allocation of P10,565,400 for the stipend of accepted applicants enough for 30 working days of service.
“This is an opportunity for our youth to learn life skills in the workplace, and introduce them to public service as their contribution to nation building. Through the GIP, government is able to extend them financial assistance which they can later use to cover school expenses. This is also a way to impress upon the youth the importance of earning and spending their own money wisely,” DSWD Officer-in-Charge Emmanuel Leyco said,
The program is open to individuals who are 18-25 years old, college level and high school graduates. TESDA Certificate holders or Alternative Learning System certificate holders or holders of any similar certificate issued by the Department of Education or Commission on Higher Education, members of the Pag-asa Youth Association of the Philippines (PYAP), youth beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and youth included in the Listahanan identified poor family will also be prioritized.
The DSWD also considers the family income of the participating youth, which must not be more than the existing poverty threshold.
Under the GIP, DSWD will provide the qualified youth with daily stipend amounting to 75% of the regional wage rate. The GIP is implemented in the DSWD Central Office and all its Regional Offices.
The GIP will be assigned in various work stations according to their assessed skills. The work includes regular office work such as encoding, report writing and/or assisting in the implementation of key programs of DSWD such as the Supplementary Feeding Program, Social Pension Program, Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, and the like. [via DSWD]