Conner, Apayao – A Government Internship Program (GIP) beneficiary from Barangay Ili in Conner, Apayao is now the Community Affairs Officer II of his town.

Mr. Atanacio Uy III, a GIP beneficiary of DOLE-Cordillera Administrative Region assigned in DOLE Apayao is the current Community Affairs Officer II in the Municipality of Conner, Apayao.

Mr. Uy started as a GIP beneficiary in 2016 assigned at the Public Employment and Service Office (PESO) in Conner to assist in the implementation of PESO related programs and services.

“Atanacio is a hardworking person and you can see his dedication in his undertakings and was tasked to assist in the evaluation and review of the submitted Overseas Welfare and Workers Administration (OWWA) cases, the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) as well as Livelihood Program.” PESO Manager DesignateJocelyn Dilangsoy said.

Mr. Uy’s first wage employment experience was as GIP Intern of the DOLE which paved way for him to become the successor of his supervisor, PESO Manager Jocelyn Dilangsoy, who was formerly the Community Affairs Officer II of LGU-Conner, Apayao.

He also worked as Job Order at the Provincial Government of Apayao under the Assessors’ Office for one year and was reassigned to the PESO in the Municipality of Conner, Apayao in 2018. It was during this year when the LGU-Conner has institutionalized the PESO Office, whereby the position of Labor and Employment Officer III was created and was assigned Ms. Jocelyn Dilangsoy PESO Manager designate.

With the vacancy of Community Affairs Officer II, Mr. Uy applied for the position and because of his experience in the local government he was hired in February 25, 2019.

Mr. Uy was born in Barangay Ili, Conner, Apayao on February 12, 1992. He finished his degree on Bachelor of Science in Biology at the Cagayan State University Main Campus, Tuguegarao City on April 5, 2013 with an award as the Best Student Researcher of the year. He took and passed the Civil Service Professional Eligibility Exam on October 26, 2014.

Prior to becoming a GIP beneficiary, Mr. Uy focused on business as his source of income for living as well as to support his higher studies.

GIP provides opportunities and engages young workers to serve the general public through government agencies’ projects and programs at the national and local level. It provides them avenues to demonstrate their talents and skills and encourage them to pursue a career in government.

END/Patrick Rillorta with reports from Jun Saleo-an, DOLE Apayao