Senator Grace Poe wants fresh graduates to be exempted from paying document fees

The day has finally come – from gradwaiting, you’re now a graduate! Yet, there is one more hurdle you have to overcome before you can get your first job and that is gathering the necessary documents you need for your job application. The bumming part of it all? The fact that you have to pay one document fee after another for those government-issued clearances that your first employer would need from you.

Fear not! Senator Grace Poe knows how you feel and she is working hard for document fees to be waived for fresh graduates. Senate Bill 343 or the Fresh Graduates Pre-Employment Assistance Act  is her way of ensuring that fresh graduates are able to get the government documents they need for free. The government documents covered by SB343 are the following:

  • NBI Clearance
  • Police Clearance
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Postal ID
To be able to have those government documents for free, all you need to do is to present your diploma, certification or any document proving that you have graduated from high school, college or a vocational course.
Once this senate bill is signed into law, the Department of Interior and Local Government, Commission on Higher Education and the Civil Service Commission will issue the rules and regulations relating to this bill. On the side of the government, the waiving of the government document fees for fresh graduates will be taken as investment to the labor force rather than a loss to the government’s revenue. 

Spread the word and tell your district representatives to support SB343!

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