June 2, 2023

Forty graduates in Benguet will be given a chance to experience work in the public sector through the Department of Labor and Employment’s government internship program (GIP).

The 20 college graduates were recently hired by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation-Cordillera and another 20 will be assigned to do clerical work at the Benguet General Hospital under the program facilitated by the DOLE and Benguet caretaker Eric Yap.

The GIP provides three to six months internship opportunities for high school, technical-vocational, or college graduates who want to pursue a career in public service.

The program is a six-month undertaking with the first and second contracts running from October to December 2021 and January to March 2022, respectively.

Of the 20 interns at the PhilHealth, five were deployed to the Benguet Local Health Insurance Office in La Trinidad while the other 15 were assigned to the PHIC-CAR office in Baguio City to boost processing claims of the province’s accredited health care facilities.

Acting Regional Vice president Dominga Gadgad welcomed the collaboration and expressed their gratitude to Yap since the PhilHealth regional and La Trinidad offices receive up to 2,000 claims daily for various illnesses including Covid-19-related claims. 

Gadgad said aside from the regular claims, RT-PCR tests, isolation, and hospital confinements add up to the volume of reimbursements being processed by the PHIC-CAR.

Yap assured the compensation for the interns would come from the Benguet congressional district office. – Ofelia C. Empian