390 PESOs now institutionalized DOLE exceeds 2014 target of PESOs institutionalised by 31 percent


Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the DOLE’s efforts to institutionalize a national employment facilitation service are developing an irreversible momentum, indicated by the growing number of Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) that are being institutionalised since the administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III came to office in 2010.


“In 2010, there were only 65 institutionalised PESOs. This rose to 73 in 2011; and 163 in 2012. Then, in 2013, the number shot up to 297, when 134 PESOs were institutionalised that year,” said Baldoz after receiving an update report from Bureau of Local Employment Dominique R. Tutay on the DOLE advocacy for PESO institutionalization.


“At the end of 2014 and four years into this administration, there are already 390 institutionalised PESOs, an increase of 93 over the 297 institutionalised PESOs at the end of 2013,” Baldoz added.


Baldoz thanked local chief executives (LCEs) and PESO managers who have partnered with the DOLE for the achievement. “Without our LCEs and our indefatigable PESO managers, then the PESO Act, which is an unfunded law, would have been rendered ineffective,” she commented.


The labor and employment chief’s commendation also extended to the DOLE’s regional offices whose extensive and strong support to the advocacy for the PESOs’ institutionalisation have inspired many local government units to work hard on their end.


The DOLE’s advocacy for the institutionalisation of PESOs, in partnership with local chief executives, is an alternative strategy to overcome obstacles and problems arising from the PESO being a non-funded law, and after failure of several attempts over the last several years to amend the PESO Act.


“The objective of strengthening employment facilitation at the countryside, at the grassroots level, is to provide access to quality employment opportunities to every working Filipino,” Baldoz said.


“The PESO is a frontline institution that is in the forefront of employment facilitation and services delivery. This is why PESOs are very important. They are our partners, and that is the reason we continue to strongly advocate for LCEs of key cities, provinces, towns, and even for heads of state and private universities and colleges to institutionalise their PESOs.


Regionally, Region 3 has the most number of institutionalized PESOs at the end of 2014, with a total of 53, after it institutionalized five more PESOs during the year. Next follows Region 8, with 50, after it institutionalised 10 PESOs in 2014; Region 4-A has 43, institutionalizing 14 more PESOs during the year; Region 7 institutionalized 11 PESOs to bring its total to 26; Region 6 added seven new institutionalised PESOs and Region 10 added five to tie their totals at 25 institutionalised PESOs each.


The next regions with the most number of institutionalised PESOs are as follows: Region 11 with 23; Caraga and Region 2, each with 21; NCR and Region 9, each with 17; CAR with 16; Regions 4-B and 12, each with 15; Region 5 with 13; and Region 1 with 10 PESOs.


“Our advocacy for PESO institutionalization has been soaring high. This means the strategy is working and that LGUs are realising that an effective enabling mechanism in addressing not only financial concerns, but also local employment facilitation problems, through the PESO is imperative,” Baldoz further said.


Baldoz also pinned hopes on a favourable action of Congress on a tripartite legislative measure to amend the PESO Act. “The amendatory bill to the PESO Act of 1999 has already passed the Committee on Labor and Employment and the Committee on the Appropriations. This, we envision, will lead to a massive institutionalization of all LGU-based PESO nationwide,” she said, thanking the Rep. Alexis Karlo Nogales of Davao City for shepherding the proposed amendatory law.



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