Waiv­ing of gov’t fees for pa­pers of new job­seek­ers sup­ported

Sun.Star Cebu - - NEWS PLUS -

Rep. Ray­mond Mendoza of the Trade Union Congress of the Philip­pines (TUCP) party-list yes­ter­day said he sup­ports the bill of Sen. Sonny An­gara that al­lows new grad­u­ates and first-time job­seek­ers to no longer pay fees and charges for is­suance of gov­ern­ment doc­u­ments.

An­gara crafted Sen­ate Bill 1629 to help new grad­u­ates land a job.

Un­der his pro­posal, no fees shall be col­lected for a po­lice clearance, Na­tional Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion clearance, barangay clearance, med­i­cal cer­tifi­cate from pub­lic hos­pi­tals, birth and mar­riage cer­tifi­cates, tax iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­ber, uni­fied multi-pur­pose ID card, and other doc­u­ments is­sued by the gov­ern­ment that may be re­quired by em­ploy­ers.

Mendoza said fees and other charges re­lated to job ap­pli­ca­tions pre­vent would-be work­ers from ap­ply­ing for jobs.

Cebu Busi­ness Club (CBC) pres­i­dent Dondi Joseph, for his part, also sup­ports the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion as it will help job­seek­ers save money.

Den­nis Derige, spokesper­son of Par­tido ng Mang­ga­gawa, said that An­gara’s mea­sure is a good move.

“But what we need are more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for fresh grad­u­ates,” he added. /

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