Bridge to Employment

The Bridge to Employment (BTE) program established by Johnson & Johnson and active in eleven countries was launched in the Philippines on August 6,2010 at the Parañaque National High School. The program is the first in Asia giving opportunity for graduating high school students to build solid futures in health care. The program is meant to introduce students to a variety of health care careers that would prepare them for real life challenges. Students will be engaged in health care work experiences that will be relevant to their chosen career paths. College assistance will be given at the last month of this school year to two qualified participants.


Partners from World Vision, Johnson & Johnson, Parañaque National High School, Parañaque's local government and University of the Philippines Manila join hands in commemoration of the new program.


Twenty students from the biggest high school population in the Philippines were chosen as program participants. Sibelyn Dioso, 17 shares her dreams of becoming a nurse in the future. As the second child of five, Sibelyn’s desire to help others began after an experience she had with her aunt who suffered from a miscarriage. She shares, “Gusto ko makatulong sa pamilya ko tsaka sa ibang tao.” Her father, a jeepney driver pledged his support for his daughter’s dream and couldn’t hide the excitement. He shares, “Nagulat ako nung nalaman kabilang ang anak ko sa mga napili. Tutulungan ko siya para matupad ang kanyang pangarap.”


Those present were graced by the presence of Johnson & Johnson Director for Corporate Contributions, Michael Bzdak who exclaimed, “The Philippines BTE is an equation for success!” The international corporate manager in his keynote address explained that the Philippines was chosen to be the first in Asia because they could see initiatives taken in social responsibility within communities of the Philippines. The program will also give a chance for the students to return and serve as health care workers at their local area where the number of workers has declined.


World Vision will be working as the program management arm in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, Parañaque National High School, Parañaque City Health Office, and the University of the Philippines Manila.