DSWD Holds Job Fair for 4P Beneficiaries in Tacloban City

(FILE) Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino or 4P program wait their turn to get their government financial aid at one of the banks in the city of Tacloban in this photo taken in 2021. —JOEY GABIETA

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has launched what it called a “first of its kind” one-day job fair for beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4Ps) scheme ) who are looking for a job here on Saturday October 1st . 1.

The job fair was one of the highlights of the celebration of the third anniversary of the law institutionalizing the 4Ps.

READ: DSWD removes 160,000 Pantawid beneficiaries in Visayas

One of them was Matilda, 40, mother of three.

According to Matilda, who asked not to be identified, she lost her job as a cleaner at one of Tacloban’s private hospitals after giving birth to her third child.

“When I tried to return to work in 2019, management told me they would not renew my contract again, leaving me out of work,” she said.

“It’s a good thing that DSWD organized this job fair for 4P members like me. Luckily for me, I was immediately hired by another public hospital,” added Matilda.

Hospital management, she said, will call her to find out when she starts working as a housekeeper.

Grace Subong, director of DSWD in the Eastern Visayas, said the job fair was “tailored” to accommodate 4P members, especially their newly graduated children who are looking for work.

“This is a one-of-a-kind job fair because we want to make sure they have jobs after they graduate. And we have also reached an agreement with some entities to join this job fair as part of their social responsibility in helping our 4P members,” she said.

Candidates have actually been pre-screened by their office to ensure that they will be hired immediately.

This year alone, 6,081 4P beneficiaries in the region have “graduated”, meaning they have children who could potentially seek employment as they have stopped receiving the government cash grant.

4Ps is a government poverty reduction program in which poor beneficiaries receive cash grants to improve their lives.

/MUF

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