Senate approves bill exempting fresh grads and out-of-school youth from paying fees for gov’t docs

Manila, Philippines – Good news for fresh graduates and out-of-school youth.

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Senate bill 1629 or the proposed First-time Jobseekers Assistance Act have been approved after the Senate 18-0 waiving all government fees and charges on the issuance of documents required in the application of employment of first-time job seekers.

Senate Bill No. 1629 was authored by Senators Juan Edgardo Angara, Grace Poe, Joseph Victor Ejercito, Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay, Antonio Trillanes IV, Loren Legarda and Leila de Lima.

Sen. Joel Villanueva, author and sponsor of the bill, thanked his colleagues for approving the bill.

He said the bill would address the uncertainty being faced by fresh graduates on their transition from school to work.

Under the bill, fresh graduates, out-of-school youths and working students who seek employment for the first time, will not be required to pay police clearance certificate, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance, barangay clearance, medical certificate, birth and/or marriage certificate, tax identification number, Unified Multi-Purpose ID card (UMID) and other documentary needs required by employers, according to a press release dated October 1, 2018 by the Senate website.

Villanueva added that the proposed exemption of government fees can be availed of once by first time job seekers.