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Binay signs deal with DepEd on work immersion of senior-high students.

Makati Mayor Abigail Binay signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division of Makati (DepEd-Makati) on the Senior High School-Work Immersion Program (SHS-WIP), operationalizing the deployment of students to various offices and departments of the city government.

Binay said, as of January 31, the city Human Resource Development Office (HRDO) has deployed 159 student-trainees to their assigned offices, noting that the selection of assignments was based on the students' respective academic tracks, qualifications and aptitude.

'In support of DepEd's K to 12 program, we have agreed to open city hall to senior high school students for their work immersion under the SHS-WIP. Their exposure to a work environment related to their field of specialization will help enhance their technical knowledge and skills, and increase their competitiveness vis-a-vis the current standards in the job market,' Binay added.

Based on the records of DepEd-Makati, the first batch deployed consists of students from Maximo Estrella Senior High School with 52 student-trainees; Nemesio Yabut Senior High School, 20; Pitogo High School, 13; and AMA-Makati, 74.

As part of the senior high school curriculum and as a requirement for graduation, students have to undergo two weeks of work immersion, equivalent to 80 hours of training, in a business organization or establishment with work requirements related to their specialization.

The work-immersion partnership with the city government of Makati is expected to help equip student-trainees with practical skills honed through the actual application of principles and theories learned in the classroom in an actual work setting. It will then prepare them to meet the needs and challenges of employment, entrepreneurship or higher education after their graduation.

Under the signed MOA, the city will deploy students to its different sections, departments and project sites, and will provide them with training related to their course, as well as activities consistent with those listed in the prescribed template for the Immersion Program of Activities.

The city is also bound to make its workplaces and facilities available to students and their teachers, and shall take all the necessary measures to ensure the safety of students in their respective areas of assignment at all times. At the end of the program, the students will receive certificates of completion as proof of satisfactory compliance.

Based on enrolment records as of June 30 last year, Makati has a total of 9,562 senior high school students composed of 5,402 students in Grade 11 and 4,160 in Grade 12. They are enrolled in the city's eight public senior high schools, which include Higher School ng UMak under the auspices of the city-run University of Makati.

According to the HRDO, the first batch of SHS-WIP student-trainees has been assigned to various offices, including Accounting Department, Assessment Department, Budget Department, Business Permits Office, City Administrator's Office, City Secretary's Office, City Civil Registration Office, Department of Engineering and Public Works, Department of Environmental Services, Economic Enterprise Management Office, Education Department, Business Tax Division, Miscellaneous Tax Division, General Services Department and HRDO.

The next batch will be sent to Information and Community Relations Department, Internal Management Control Office, International Relations Department, Law Department, Liga ng mga Barangay, Makati Action Center, Makati Anti-Drug Abuse Council, Makati Cooperative Development Office, Makati Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Makati Health Department, Makati Health Program Office, Makati Social Welfare Department, Office of the City Building Official, Office for Senior Citizens' Affairs, Public Safety Department, Sangguniang Panlungsod and Youth and Sports Development Department.
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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
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Date:Feb 7, 2018
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