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    Monthly stipends for trainees in Phl proposed

    THE House of Representatives is now in receipt of a proposed law granting a monthly allowance to trainees or apprentices in the public and private sectors, a Filipino lawmaker said Sunday.
    "Countless of them even end up paying for the services they rendered!" said Rep. Peter Unabia of Misamis Oriental laments, author of HB 4376, laments.
    Through House Bill 4376, Unabia is proposing to "institutionalize the granting of monthly allowance to trainees or apprentices in the public and private sectors and providing penalties for any violation thereof."
    To be known as the "Training Allowance Institutionalization Act of 2013," HB 4376 seeks to put an end to this exploitative practice by institutionalizing the granting of training allowance or stipend to countless and helpless trainees or apprentices.
    "While we recognize the fact that there are still good employers, who provide training benefits even without legal mandate, several employers take advantage of the needs of prospective job applicants by availing of their services for free or worse, charge them a training fee," Unabia pointed out.
    The author explained that the severe lack of employment opportunities in the country has compelled the public to find ways and means to gain practical experience on a particular job.
    "Knowing fully well how important it is for a prospective job applicant to have job experience or formal training, many employers, both in the public and private sectors, take advantage of the situation by engaging the services of a trainee or apprentice, which in most cases without providing monetary benefits," he added.
    Ironically, he stressed that many trainees or apprentices even end up paying for the service training they have rendered in exchange for a Certificate of Training.
    "The most common victims are our poor nurses desiring to work abroad, who pay hospitals, including government hospitals, instead of being paid for their services," Unabia explained in dismay.
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