A Government Internship Program (GIP) beneficiary from Barangay Imelda, Sta. Marcela, Apayao is now the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Manager of her town.

Jeaza Gem Cabigas, from Santa Marcela, Apayao, is a daughter of a farmer and a plain housewife was a GIP beneficiary of DOLE Apayao Satellite Office  was designated as the PESO Manager of the Local Government Unit of Sta. Marcela, Apayao.

Her life is a living witness that poverty is not a hindrance to achieving success as it is just a matter of determination and hard work which will defeat poverty.

Cabigas worked as an intern at DOLE Apayao Satellite Office from March 25, 2016 to September 25, 2016 and has demonstrated talents and skills in the field of public service.

Because of dedicated commitment to serve, she was detailed at the Mayor’s Office of LGU Santa Marcela, Apayao under the supervision of the Municipal PESO Officer. After her contract as GIP, she was hired as Administrative staff with a Job Order status from Oct 2016 to January 2019 and was assigned at the  Engineering Office of LGU Sta. Marcela.

Then on February 2019, she was hired on a permanent status as Administrative Aide under the office of the Municipal Mayor and after nine (9) months and she was designated as the new PESO Manager of LGU- Sta. Marcela.

“ As a government intern, I was exposed to the different programs being implemented by the DOLE in partnership with the PESO and had hands-on experiences on project implementation and monitoring as well as document review.” Cabigas said.

She also said that experiences gave her emotional maturityand motivated her to work hard, improve her performance and perform excellently”.

“The GIP program of the government is very helpful to fresh graduates because it gives them opportunity to gain work experiences to help them find permanent employment in the future.  To her, “success of a certain person depends on how he deals with challenges, how he lives with the realities in life, and the amount of confidence coupled with faith in God, the author of everything” Cabigas added.

DOLE Apayao Officer-In-Charge Jane Adalan said her positive work attitude, skills and competencies has given Ms.  Jeaza Gem Cabigas the opportunity for a better career. Her experiences and learnings as GIP in the implementation of PESO related programs and services gave her an edge to be designated as the new PESO Manager of said municipality. She is now busy implementing the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa ating Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program to give emergency employment to families affected by the flooding in the province of Apayao.

Jeaza’s success story is a proof that GIP truly operates to shorten jobseekers’ transition from school to work by preparing them through actual employment.

END/Patrick Rillorta with reports from Jun Saleo-am DOLE Apayao.