Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that the 13th National PESO Congress, to be held in Palo, Leyte on 24-27 September will train the limelight on the important role of Public Employment Service Offices in promoting decent work.

“I am pleased to note that the PESOPhil, Inc., which is a principal partner of the DOLE in employment facilitation, has decided on the theme, “PESO, Kabalikat at Gabay sa Disente at Matatag na Paghahanap-buhay” for the 13th National PESO Congress.  This means PESO recognizes the reality that they do have a very important role in promoting and advancing the goal of decent work,” said Baldoz.

PESOPhil Inc., headed by its national president, Elizabeth Alonzo, is spearheading the annual conduct of the PESO Congress, in coordination with DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment.

The PESO Congress will assemble all PESO Managers nationwide to discuss, assess, and share the systems and practices on matters of employment facilitation. More than 700 PESO managers representing the majority of the PESOs will attend the Congress.

To date, there are already 1,887 PESOs. Of the said number, 919 PESOs are in Luzon, 497 are in Visayas, and 471 are in Mindanao. Of the 1,887 PESOs, 204 have been institutionalized.  About 115 institutionalized PESOs are in Luzon, 56 are in Visayas, and 33 are in Mindanao.

Baldoz said the conduct of the PESO Congress is in line with efforts of the government to strengthen public-private sector partnerships in the pursuit of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s overarching goal to nurture and develop the country’s human resources, push back joblessness in the grassroots, and strengthen labor and employment facilitation in the country.

She said the event is a   venue for PESO managers to learn, exchange ideas, and showcase best practices on employment facilitation.  The awarding of the Best PESO in the provincial, highly urbanized city, and component city categories is an annual feature of the PESO Congress.

“The DOLE supports the conduct of the 13th PESO Congress. It is part of the Department’s effort to capacitate frontline implementers and PESO managers on employment facilitation services at the grassroots level. The PESO is the DOLE’s partner in expanding access to job opportunities and maximizing employment facilitation,” said Baldoz, adding that the four-day event is anchored on the state policy of providing full and equal of employment opportunities for all.

Aside from Secretary Baldoz who will deliver a welcome address, other invited personalities to the Congress are Senators Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Juan Edgardo M. Angara, and Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV; Mayors Remedios Petilla of Palo, Leyte; Gov. Domingo Leopoldo Petilla of Province of Leyte; and Mayor Alfred  S. Romualdez of Tacloban City.

During the Congress’ plenary sessions, Director General Joel Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) will discuss TESDA’s role as PESO partner in the skills development program; Deputy Director Emmanuel Esguerra of the National Economic Development Authority will talk on investment projects for job generation; and Undersecretary Mateo G. Montano will discuss the topic “PESO as partner in poverty alleviation program.”

Administrator Carmelita S. Dimzon of the Overseas Workers Welfare  Administration (OWWA) will discuss the benefits and programs for overseas Filipino workers, while Director Catherine Legados-Parado of the DOLE’s Bureau of Working Conditions DOLE-BWSC) will discuss  the Batas Kasambahay.

Baldoz said  that the  PESOs’  task of providing counseling and referral to workers, fresh graduates and jobseekers will be crucial in addressing job and skills mismatch, including the provision of livelihood assistance to needy workers, which is a key item in the President’s 22-point labor and employment agenda.

End/Let Maring

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