Good News: First-Time Jobseekers No Longer Have to Pay for Government Papers

The First Time Jobseekers Act has been signed into law.

( For many of us, "adulting" begins with trips to government offices to retrieve necessary documents for job-hunting. Not only is it a bit of a hassle, it's also pricey for a jobless fresh graduate. Things are looking up for first-time jobseekers, though: Under the Republic Act No. 11261 or First Time Jobseekers Assistance Act, fees for government documents often required by employers will be waived for applicants with no previous employment history.

Government transactions for the following documents will now be free: Police clearance, National Bureau of Investigaton clearance, barangay clearance, medical certificate from a public hospital, birth certificate, marriage certificate, transcript of records from state universities, tax identification number, unified multi-purpose ID, and other documents required by employers.

However, the new law does not cover the application fees for taking the Career Service Examination or a professional licensure examination. Fees for a driver's license and Philippine passport will not be waived either.


To secure the documents for free, you must get a certificate from your barangay to prove that you're a first-time jobseeker.

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