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Duterte signs law to exempts first-time jobseeker from paying to any gov't fees

A new law that was signed recently by President Rodrigo Duterte will give a chance for first-time jobseekers to established themselves while they are looking for a job locally or in abroad. The Republic Act 11261 of the "First Time Job Seekers Assistance Act" exempts them from paying to any government fees and charges on documents needed.

The benefit will be able to secure once to fresh graduates, first-time jobseekers and also to out-of-school youth. These include police and barangay clearance, medical certificates from government clinics and hospitals, NBI certificate,birth or marriage certificates, tax identification number (TIN), transcript of records from State Universities and Colleges, and among other government related documents required for employment.

To apply for the exemption, applicants shall submit a barangay certification as proof that the individual is a first-time jobseeker.

However, it does not cover fees for the application to take a professional licensure examination, application for the Philippine passport, authentication of documents from the Department of Foreign Affairs, application for a Career Service Examination, and an application for a driver's license. 

Senator Joel Villanueva, the principal author and sponsor of the law are expecting as much as 1.3 million first-time job seekers annually will benefit the new law.

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