DAVAO CITY- Around 400 Government Internship Program (GIP) applicants were accommodated Friday as the Department of Labor And Employment XI – Davao City Field Office (DOLE XI – DCFO) continues to provide employment amongst indigent but deserving individuals in Toril and Tugbok Area.
In Toril, over 100 applicants attended the GIP orientation and submitted the necessary requirements for the program. Meanwhile, over 300 applicants gathered at Brgy. Sto. Nino, Tugbok District for the same activity.  The applicants are consist of fresh graduates, college undergrads, high school graduates and even married individuals.
Requisites for GIP program were laid down long before the application was mounted, allowing the applicants to prepare for their credentials. To become part of the GIPs, one must  be 18 to  30 years old by the start of their official internship debut. Other requirements include certificate of indigency, transcript of records for college graduates and undergrads, form 137 or school cards for high school graduates, marriage certificate for married applicants and  NSO certificate of live birth.
The program grants young workers and professionals a period of six months in government workplace and stipend amounting to 75% of the existing minimum wage in Davao Region.
On the orientation, Cristy Coro, Senior LEO and Focal Person of the Government Internship Program enlightened the applicants about the nature of this project and how important it is in their future endeavor. According to Coro, more than just the training and experience that the intern gets, the most valuable part of this program is the learning that one can get and the potential that they will eventually discover along the way.
Reynaldo Dennis Badilles, Chief LEO of DOLE – Davao City Field Office also imparted his words about how important undertaking the Government Internship Program is and how helpful it can be to an individual. He said that an intern, who will be assigned to various government offices, can learn a lot from their respective operations and can acquire sense of responsibility especially in government service. He added that if one wishes to pursue a job in the government, they may take necessary steps to make it happen.
The applicants were very appreciative of DOLE’s effort to extend assistance given by the Government Internship Program. Many of them are optimistic that the program will lead them to progress and status solidity.
Since its implementation on 2014, GIP has been building bridges to those who seek opportunities and those who want to pursue a career in government service. Applicants who will be hired after validation will be assigned to different government agencies and may be absorbed based on their outstanding performance.