Dave Ibañez, 20 years old, studied until his first year in college. His course was Bachelors in Information Technology and is currently living in Dumaguete City.

He is a graduate of the Wave 2 of JobStart in Dumaguete and received the Most Outstanding Award given his high ratings during his technical training in Tech Synergy Dumaguete Transcription as a Medical Transcriptionist. He was absorbed by Tech Synergy and is happilyworking in the company.

Dave had to stop his schooling during thefirst semester in his first year in college because his younger sister got sick so they needed the money for her treatment. “Wala na kaming pera pangtubos kasi na ospital yung kapatid ko na babae so lahat nang pera para sa studies ko ay napunta lahat sa kanya,” he shared.

(We didn’t have enough money to continue my studies because my younger sister got admitted in the hospital so the money for my schooling was used for her treatment).

 He stayed at home when he was out of school but eventually asked to assist his cousin who had a farm in Bacong, a small municipality south of Dumaguete. He helped his cousin and spent his free time at the farm for nearly 4 years. He then found a job in a company where he worked for almost a year. He quit his job because a lot of his co-workers did not go to work which becamestressful for him sincehe had to juggle tasks.

 When he stopped working, his father learned about the JobStart program and eventually asked him to register at the Public Employment Service Office (PESO). “So, nag-JobStart ako and madami akong natutunan sa training,” he said.

 (So, I joined JobStart and learned a lot ofthings during the training.)

 Dave shared a number of things he learned during the 10-day program. First, he learned how to adjust and know what to expect in the real world. “Yung mga kabataan, hindi po lahat ay practical. Hindi po lahat ay trabaho ang hanap. Ang iba ay gala nang gala, ginagastos ang pera pero hindi nila alam kung gaano kahirap kumita ng pera. So nakuha ko yun galing sa 10-day program,” he said.

 (Not all youth are practical these days. Some just wander around and spend their money, and do not know how hard it is to work for a salary.) He also learned how to manage his time, especially during work, and to adjust to different kinds of people.

 When asked if he thinks the 10-day training helped him become a better person, he answered yes. “Nag-change ako from unproductive to self-disciplined and to a hardworking person.”

 (I changed from being unproductive to being a self-disciplined and hardworking person.)

 Although he has years of experience in the farm, he still wanted to land a job that is somehow related to his course or at least involves the use of a computer. He applied to Tech Synergy Dumaguete Transcription but was a little hesitant as the position was intended for a medical transcriptionist and he knew he didn’t have any medical background. However, he was assured that they will undergo training. “I learned a lot of medical terms and the background for the work,” he said. He then learned to love the training as he was always rated as the top achiever in their class. “Gusto ko talaga kasi mahirap makakita ng trabaho na nasa opisina lang and mahilig talaga ako sa computer work.” Dave is happily continuing his work in Tech-Synergy as a regular employee now.

 (I really liked the training because I know it’s hard to find an office workso I maintained it and I’m also really into computer work.)

 “To JobStart, salamat sa opportunity na binigay nyo sa akin – sa 10-day training, sa technical training, at internship. Salamat sa pagbigay ng opportunity sa mga kabataan na walang trabaho katulad ko noon at sa pagbibigay pa ng mga opportunity sa mga kabataan na walang trabaho.”

(To JobStart, thank you for the opportunity that you have given me – for the 10-day training, technical training and internship. Thank you for providing opportunities to the youth who do not have work just like me in the past, and for continuing to provide opportunities to the unemployed.)






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