THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has prepared a support program for teaching and non-teaching personnel of private higher education institutions (HEIs) who have been displaced from work as a result of full implementation of the K-to-12 program this school year.
Outgoing Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Monday enjoined the displaced HEI personnel to avail of the DOLE’s Adjustment Measures Program (DOLE-AMP), which would be made available either in the form of financial support, employment facilitation or training and livelihood.
For financial support, the amount to be given to qualified beneficiary will be based on the prevailing median salary of the higher education institution personnel per nature of appointment per region, or his or her previous monthly salary, whichever is lower.
Duration of the financial support will be three months for non-permanent personnel and six months for permanent HEI personnel.
In case the displaced HEI personnel is non-permanent and has no other sources of income, and suffered total loss of income, he or she will be entitled to six months of financial support, provided that his or her latest income tax return will be submitted during application verification.
“The financial assistance will be released every end of the month through the K-12 DOLE-AMP authorized bank,” Baldoz said.
The employment facilitation services will consist of provision of tools and venues for reemployment of displaced personnel, which include profiling of displaced HEI personnel, matching and job referrals.
Qualified beneficiaries can avail of the employment facilitation through the DOLE’s labor market information consisting of the Phil-Jobnet facility, employment or job search kiosks and industry career guides and occupational pamphlets.
“Through DOLE’s extensive labor market information, the displaced personnel can consider working in allied professions. They can search for vacancies in these job search and employment matching facilities, or explore the labor market information for other opportunities in the industry that will fit their interests, qualifications and skills,” Baldoz said.
Job referrals and placements can be also provided by the Public Employment Service Office, private employment agencies, registered contractors and sub-contractors, industry partners and training institutions accredited by Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda).
Career guidance and employment coaching can be also availed of by the K-12 DOLE AMP beneficiaries from the Network of Career Guidance Counselors and Career Advocates.
For training and livelihood, the beneficiaries will be provided with skills upgrading programs through Tesda while the livelihood assistance will offer training and livelihood opportunities under the DOLE Kabuhayan Program.
“You can visit our DOLE Regional and Field Offices, or Public Employment Service Offices. They take charge of the K-to-12 DOLE- AMP implementation. They screen and evaluate K to 12 DOLE-AMP applications that have complete documentary requirements. They also assess, recommend and orient the beneficiaries about their duties and responsibilities in order to properly and continuously avail of the program service,” Baldoz said.