To boost the employability of the new passers of the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and to further cement the road to poverty reduction, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) hired 110 teachers in Davao Oriental under the Government Internship Program (GIP).  The GIP-Teachers come from District 2 of Mati City, San Isidro, Lupon,  Banaybanay and Governor Generoso.  The internship will run for six months with an aggregate budget of Three Million Six Hundred Nine Thousand Forty Five Pesos (P 3,609,045.00).

“This program is a multi-dimensional assistance that would enhance the teaching skills and at the same time provide employment for our young teachers”
, Mati City Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Jorlie S. Uy said.  “GIP program will bridge the gap for non-qualifier of DePED Department Order No. 7 on Registry of Qualified Applicants (RQA)”, he added.  Uy further explained that in order for a teacher to be hired for a permanent item, he/she must have a teaching experience and obtained at least an RQA overall score of seventy points.

Teacher-applicants are very appreciative of DOLE’s effort to help them in their respective careers.  They are hopeful that with the teaching experience that they will gain from the GIP, there is a greater chance for them to be able to comply with the RQA requirement and be hired by DepEd as full time teacher.

“I am very grateful for this rare opportunity and pro-poor program of DOLE,” said Maricor Bandere, a resident of the remote barangay of Tagabebe, Governor Generoso, in her emotion-filled testimony.   She was given an internship assignment at Hadji Jameri Musa Elementary School of Tagabebe.

“There is always hope and employment with DOLE. Being hired as GIP Teacher would be an advantage in landing a permanent teaching job and eventually increase my RQA requirement”, said Henry Louie Corodova, also a non-RQA qualifier from Municipality of Banaybanay.

GIP aims to provide employment opportunities for young workers and professionals in the government workplace.   They will receive allowances amounting to seventy five-percent (75%) of the existing minimum wage in the Davao Region.

Congresswoman Thelma Almario of Davao Oriental Second District lauded DOLE for implementing the GIP program in her district during the orientation on September 22, 2015 at Honey’s Hotel, Mati City.   “This program will serve as a springboard for greater employment opportunities of the poor and yet deserving teachers. I commend DOLE and Department of Education for this collaborative effort of helping my constituents”, she said.  She believes that education and employment are vital ingredients towards poverty reduction and expressed her commitment to give full support to this program.  “I am dipping my finger for this very realistic program of DOLE”, she promised.

The orientation was also attended by Davao Oriental Vice Governor Joel Mayo Almario, as well as the parents of the GIP-Teachers and the Local Government Officials.

R. Castro, DOLE-DOFO