The Department of Finance (DOF), Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), and Department of Tourism (DOT) have posted 3,320 vacancies online, in an effort to radically open up and widen the reach of government recruitment and to invite more young Filipinos to join the civil service.
3,320 vacancies have been posted at Kalibrr.com, a jobs matching site, in partnership with the Bagumbayani Initiative, a program by Young Public Servants (YPS) that aims to promote positive change and integrity in the government by sustainably recruiting young people into the civil service. Bagumbayani Initiative started with a group of friends who come from different government agencies, and who decided to meet every Wednesday to talk about their experiences and stories in the civil service.
Of the 3,320 vacancies, 3,211 entry-level positions are from the BIR, 41 positions from the DOF, 31 positions from the DBM, 33 positions from the DOTC, and 4 positions from the DOT. Since the vacancies were published in an initial soft launch in April, the DOF has received 244 applications, BIR – 154 applications, DBM – 152 applications, DOTC – 18 applications, and DOT – 59 applications.
Applicants can now view the government agencies’ Kalibrr accounts through the Bagumbayani Initiative’s Facebook page, and through the following links:
1. DOF – https://www.kalibrr.com/c/department-of-finance/jobs; recruitment.dof.gov.ph
“To ensure the sustainability of President Aquino’s good governance initiatives, we need a constant flow of young, talented Filipinos entering government with a critical eye and a hopeful heart. I had the privilege of meeting the late Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore a few years ago, and I agree with him when he says that the only way to change government is from within. To young Filipinos: your country needs you. We hope that you respond to this call to service,” Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima said.
“We need a critical mass of young, honest Filipinos who love the country to join the BIR. The 3,211 vacancies we have posted are around a fifth of the Bureau’s workforce: this is our chance to transform the Bureau into a vibrant organization that can respond to the changing times and demands of the modern taxpayer,” Commissioner of Internal Revenue Kim S. Jacinto-Henares said.
“The presence of young people in government has opened new spaces for innovation in our agencies. The natural skill and creativity of so many young Filipinos has already contributed much to nation-building, and we now call on our youth to join us in our pursuit of crucial budget reforms. We can all play a more active role in public leadership and service, and there’s no better place to kick-start positive change than in government itself,” Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio “Butch” Abad said.
“There is much to be hopeful for in public transportation. As one transport expert said, the true test of a developed country is not when the poor get to ride cars, but it is when the rich take public transportation. We encourage the youth to come aboard ‘daang matuwid’ and help us prove that even transportation can be more fun in the Philippines,” said Secretary of Transportation and Communications Joseph Emilio T. Abaya.
Secretary of Tourism Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. said. “Over the past few years, we have proven that the Philippines is a country we can truly be proud of. Tourism has now become a national industry, generating billions in terms of revenue and creating millions of jobs for our people. And although we have achieved where we are now, this is only the beginning. The biggest responsibility of the youth is to ensure the future. We invite our young people to join the public service and help continue the story of our country’s success,”
“Kalibrr is excited at the opportunity to partner with government to help them fill their vacancies with the best talent the Philippines has to offer. With Kalibrr’s technology and social media reach, we’re confident we will help the government achieve its national recruitment goals,” says Kalibrr Chief Executive Officer Paul Rivera. Kalibrr is the sole Philippine-based startup that aims to solve recruitment in the Philippines. The company is backed by Y Combinator – the Silicon Valley giant behind tech giants AirBnB, 9Gag, Reddit and Scribd. Other strong patrons of the firm include EBay’s Pierre Omidyar, and Globe Telecom’s Kickstart Ventures. With only six months of full operations, Kalibrr has already provided over 1,500 jobs to seekers and has gained the trust of almost 4,000 companies.
“Young Public Servants is proud to take part in the Bagumbayani Initiative, and we support its mission of bringing the best and the brightest young Filipinos to directly take part in nation building through the civil service. Good governance lives because of the hope and energy of our youth,” Natalie Cristine Jorge, Lead Convenor of Young Public Servants said.- PIO-DOTC