By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Joel Villanueva on Tuesday lauded the House of Representatives’ passage of a bill that would waive document fees for new graduates who are seeking employment.
“We hail the House approval on third and final reading a bill seeking to waive government fees and charges collected for documents required in the employment application of our fresh graduates,” Villanueva said in a statement.
House Bill 172 is the counterpart of the Senate-approved SB 1629, which Villanueva authored and sponsored. Villanueva is chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor, Employment and Human Resources Development.
“As principal author and sponsor of the First-time Jobseekers Assistance Act in the Senate, we look forward to the immediate passage of this bill into law,” he said.
Villanueva said the measure, if enacted into law, would ease the financial burden of first-time jobseekers in acquiring government documents needed for job application.
He said it is expected to benefit some 600,000 fresh graduates annually as well as out-of-school youth.
“It is a great service to the nation, that we provide ways and means for the younger generations’ ease of entrance into the country’s labor force as valuable human resources and productive citizens,” Villanueva said.
The Senate approved their version of the bill October last year.
Under the measure, concerned government agencies would be mandated to waive the fees of first-time jobseekers who are securing their pre-employment documents such as National Bureau of Investigation, police and barangay clearances, and proof of identification such as Postal ID, among others.
Following its passage in the Lower Chamber, a bicameral conference committee meeting shall be convened to thresh out the differing provision of the Congress bills.