The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has approved the deployment of 500 beneficiaries of its Government Internship Program (GIP) as data encoders of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

The 500 GIP interns will be assigned to different Local Government Units nationwide for the encoding of data in VaxCertPH, the national government’s portal for the issuance of uniform digital vaccination certificates that can be used as a vaccine passport for international and local travels.

The GIP engages and provides beneficiaries opportunities to serve the general public in government projects and programs at the national and local levels, with the ultimate objective of attracting the best and the brightest talents to government service.

The internship period typically runs for a minimum of three months to a maximum of six months, with an allowance equivalent to the highest minimum wage in the region, accident insurance coverage from the Government Service Insurance System, and a certificate of completion provided to program beneficiaries.

The GIP interns selected to serve as encoders for VaxCertPH will be engaged for three months. As travel restrictions are eased, demand for VaxCertPH vaccination certificates, which complies with the World Health Organization’s Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates guidelines, is expected to increase as it may be used as a requirement for international and domestic travel.

During the country’s National Vaccination Days in 2021, DOLE-GIP interns also assisted the DICT as encoders.