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