Adulting. In college, we always look forward to marching out of the university and facing the world outside the gates of our school. We often imagined how great it would be to start our professional careers and well let’s be honest, to start earning our own money. We dreamt about sharing the joy of waiting for the 15th and 30th of the month to receive our salaries.

But being swayed by our happy fantasies often doesn’t last long when we start facing the responsibility of having to process the requirements for job hunting. In the Philippine setting, before you can apply for a valid ID, you’d be required to present two other valid IDs to certify that you are in fact the person you are presenting yourself to be.

Starting out with your professional career, it’s normal pretty normal to feel like a child learning to walk on your own. Especially when it comes to applying and processing major job application requirements. Plus, you’re a kid who just got out of the university and having to spend money, time, and effort in accomplishing these documents may overwhelm you.

But here’s something to help you brighten up your spirits. In 2018, the Senate of the Philippines approves a bill that will help first-time job seekers out. The Senate Bill No. 1629, authored and sponsored by Senator Joel Villanueva, was approved with 18 affirmative votes.

And on April 10, 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed in the bill into law. The Republic Act 11261 or the “First Time Job Seekers Assistance Act”. Under this law, government agencies are restricted from collecting payment or charges from first-time job seekers. This will only be available to government agencies that provide documents that are in connection with the application of certificates or documents required in seeking employment.

Here is the list of documents that will be free of any charge or fee under the new law:

  1. Police clearance certificate
  2. National Bureau of Investigation clearance
  3. Barangay clearance
  4. Medical certificate from a public hospital
  5. Birth certificate
  6. Marriage certificate
  7. Transcript of academic records issued by state colleges and universities
  8. Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  9. Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) card
  10. Other documentary requirements issued by the government that may be required by employers for job applicants

You just have to bring and present your barangay certification to prove that you are a first-time job seeker to avail the benefits of the new law. But there’s an exemption as well, take note that the following documents connected to a job application are not covered by RA 1126:

  1. Professional licensure examination
  2. Application for a Philippine passport
  3. Authentication of documents from the Department of Foreign Affairs
  4. Application for a Career Service Examination
  5. Application for a driver’s license

According to the Commission on Higher Education, there are about 645,000 college students from higher education institutions every year. And they will now save more than those who graduated before the passing of the law. The rates for the documents covered by the law ranges from PHP 100 to PHP 400. Now that’s a big save.

Speaking of saving, there are more ways for fresh graduates to save up on their job applications. A survey shows that 25% of college graduates and 80% of high school graduates are unable to find work a year after graduating. If you are part of this certain percentage, you can try looking for headhunting companies. There are a number of headhunting agencies in the Philippines that can help you find your dream job. Companies like Springboard Philippines can help you kick start your career without the cost. Unlike other agencies, Springboard doesn’t ask for a placement fee or takes a certain percentage from your salary. When seeking job application assistance, you should also be wise in order to save up as much as you could.