Senator Grace Poe has filed a bill entitled the “Fresh Graduates Pre-Employment Assistance Act”, aiming to exempt fresh graduates from paying the standard fees for government documents required for employment.
The senator noted: “Sa hirap maghanap ng trabaho, hindi naman makatarungang lalo pa nating pahirapan ang mga bagong graduate sa pagkuha at pagbabayad ng mga dokumentong kanilang kailangan.”
Senator Poe said that newly graduated job seekers should not be financially burdened by the government in their search for decent jobs.
“Magpakita naman tayo ng malasakit. Matapos malubog ng kanilang pamilya sa utang para maitawid ang kanilang pag-aaral, haharapin naman nila ang napakaraming bayarin sa pagkuha pa lamang ng mga kailangang dokumento,” Poe remarked.
Senate Bill 343 proposes that “all government agencies including state-owned and controlled corporations and local government units shall not collect fees from fresh graduates for pre-employment documents including NBI, police and barangay clearances, and proofs of identification such as postal ID.”
To be qualified for the waiver, the applicant must show his diploma, certification or any document proving his recent graduation from high school, college or vocational course.