First-Time Jobseekers Bill

Senator Joel Villanueva’s First-Time Jobseekers bill passed the second reading and
will almost pass the third reading of congress.

first-time jobseekers bill
First-Time Jobseekers Bill | Image Credit | Senator Joel Villanueva

Update: First-Time Jobseekers bill is now a law called RA 11261.

The First-Time Jobseekers bill when it becomes a law, will make it free for first time
jobseekers to obtain the following documents for the pre-employment requirements of
Filipino fresh graduates and out of school youth.

  • Police Clearance Certificate
  • NBI Clearance
  • Barangay Clearance
  • Medical Certificate
  • Birth and/or Marriage Certificate
  • Tax Identification Number
  • Other documentary requirements issued by the government that may be required by
    employers for first-time jobseekers.


The First Time Jobseekers bill is co-sponsored by Senator Angara, Senator Ejercito,
Senator Grace Poe, Senator Nancy Binay, and Senator Cynthia Villar.


Second reading is that stage in law making where the bill is read in its
entirety, scrutinized, debated upon and amended when desired. The second reading
is the most important stage in the passage of a bill.


The bill as approved in second reading is printed in its final form and copies
thereof are distributed at least three days before the third reading.


On third reading, the members merely register their votes and explain them if they
are allowed by the rules. No further debate is allowed.