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DOLE intensifies youth enterprise support program in Samar

By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
September 23, 2012

TACLOBAN CITY  –  Fully convinced of the significant contribution of the Youth Enterprise Support program to lessen the percentage of the unemployed, Chief Labor and Employment Officer and head of the DOLE Samar Field Office Fe A. Estrella recently, conducted two YES orientation activities to the students and administrators of two Samar universities.

The first orientation was conducted at the Samar State University in Catbalogan City on September 12 and the Northwest Samar State University in Calbayog City on September 13.

DOLE SFO Estrella said that her office has been trying to penetrate all the schools in the Province of Samar. She said her office is in the right track considering the favorable response from the school administrators of the two schools.

Labor Communications Officer Virgilio Doroja, Jr. informed that the two schools are currently preparing for their accreditation as DOLE partners in the implementation of the YES program.

Meanwhile, NWSSU President Dr. Socorro Orbeta-Bohol and SSU Dean of the College of Industrial Technology Dr. Alex Cardoso both agreed that the Orientation was very timely considering that by the second semester the students will be having their on-the-job training where they have the option to venture into entrepreneurship undertaking related to their course of study.

DOLE through its YES program will be of great help to start up the students’ project, the two school administrators said.

The program, Mr. Doroja said, which is intended for graduates and graduating college students envisions these young would-be-members of the labor force as productive, resourceful and self-resilient entrepreneurs.

The YES program provides capability building and capital assistance to deserving YES buddies. Deserving YES buddies are those whose business plan has passed the evaluation criteria of the DOLE Regional Office.

The seed capital for the YES business undertaking can be initially sourced from other funds intended for the rationalized DOLE livelihood program, which also covers young workers.

In the engagement of their production or service workers for the business enterprise, the YES Buddies shall, as much as possible, prioritize the underemployed and unemployed members of DOLE-registered working youth organizations.