The City Government of Calapan in Oriental Mindoro, through its Sangguniang Panglungsod, has approved an ordinance, City Ordinance No. 16, (SP Resolution No. 587) institutionalizing the Public Employment Service Office (PESO), thus paving the way for the city to reach out to more job jobseekers.
The PESO Calapan adds to the roster of 67 institutionalized PESOs nationwide that have been effectively linked to the DOLE Regional Offices and LGUs to ensure the prompt, timely and efficient delivery of employment facilitation and placement services across the regions.
DOLE Region 4-B Regional Director Zenaida Angara reported this to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz who welcomed the news by saying the institutionalization of the PESO in the city will boost DOLE’s efforts in the delivery of reliable, efficient, and relevant employment facilitation services down to the grassroots.
“This is a big boost to our mandate of delivering quality employment facilitation services to the people of Oriental Mindoro,” Baldoz said.
“With the institutionalization of the PESO in Calapan City, the DOLE can now strengthen further its network and support-base among local government units towards an inclusive and employment-led growth of the city,” she added.
In her report, Angara said the Calapan City PESO, headed by MIMAROPA Regional PESO Federation President Marvin Panahon, can now plan and implement decisively its employment facilitation programs and services, which include the conduct of Jobs Fairs, the Special Program for Employment of Students and Out-of-School Youth, Work Appreciation Program (WAP), Livelihood and Self-Employment Programs, and Vocational and Career Guidance activities.
Since she assumed office as Secretary of Labor and Employment, Baldoz has been urging local governments to institutionalize their PESOs, as called for under Republic Act No. 8759, otherwise known as the PESO Act of 1999, as amended. The institutionalization of the PESO is an employment strategy under the Labor and Employment Plan 2011-2016.
PESOs serve as frontline employment services and information hubs in the regions, provinces, cities, and municipalities, and PESO managers and officers act as ‘employment mediators’ who provide facilitation, referral, placement, and job-matching services to jobseekers and employers alike.
(Queries about this release?Please contact the DOLE Regional Office No.4-B at (043)228-1485, (043)288-1667, and (043)288-4322 or visit its website, www.mimaropa.dole.gov.ph).
(with reporting from RO 4-B)