Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz took advantage of the opportunity offered by the 15th National PESO Congress to call on local chief executives to already keep up with the times by institutionalizing their Public Employment Service Offices, and emulate the 390 LGUs all over the country that have already done so.

“We already have 390 Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) which are now institutionalized. They now stand on their own organizational strength with the financial and infrastructure support of their LGUs. As such, they are able to fully partner with the Department of Labor and Employment in providing efficient, accessible, and responsive employment facilitation services to push back job and skills mismatch specifically in local communities,” said Baldoz.

“I urge our LGUs to emulate them,” she added.

Baldoz, citing a report from Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Tutay said that since 2010, President Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration has seen a steady growth in the number of institutionalized PESOs.

“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. At the end of 2014 and four years into this administration, there are already 390 institutionalised PESOs,” the labor and employment chief noted.

The PESOs, according to Baldoz, not only provide employment facilitation services, but also are frontline actors in livelihood and manpower development; training; skills registry updating and maintenance; and labor market information dissemination.

In Luzon, there are presently 188 institutionalized PESOs, with the regional breakdown as follows: National Capital Region (NCR) – 17; Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) – 16; Region 1 – 10; Region 2 – 21; Region 3 – 53; Region 4A – 43; Region 4B – 15; and Region 5 – 13.

The National Capital Region (NCR) has 17 institutionalized PESOs in the cities of Manila, Las Piñas, Makati, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, Taguig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Pasig, Quezon, San Juan, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, and the municipality of Pateros.

In the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 16 PESOs are now institutionalized in the provinces of Abra, Benguet, and Mountain Province; and in the cities of Baguio in Benguet and Tabuk in Kalinga. Also institutionalized are the PESOs in Bangued, Sallapadan, and San Juan in Abra; Kapangan and La Trinidad in Benguet; Lagawe, Mayoyao, and Alfonso Lista, in Ifugao; and Pasil, Tanudan, and Tadian in Mountain Province.

Region 1 has 10 institutionalized PESOs in the provinces of La Union and Pangasinan; in the city of Laoag; and in the municipalities of Santa Lucia in Ilocos Sur; and in Alcala, Balungao, Bautista, Binmaley, Rosales, and Sison in Pangasinan.

In Region 2, there are 21 institutionalized PESOs. These are in Nueva Vizcaya; in the city of Santiago, Isabela; and in the towns of Claveria, Lasam, Santa Ana, and Santa Praxedes in Cagayan; Cordon in Isabela; Aritao, Bagabag, Bambang, Bayombong, Diadi, Dupax del Norte, Dupax del Sur, Kasibu, Kayapa, Quezon, Solano, Villaverde, and  Alfonso Castaneda in Nueva Vizcaya; and Diffun in Quirino.


Region 3 has recorded the most number of institutionalized PESOs with 53. These are in the provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales; the cities of Balanga in Bataan; Malolos and Meycauayan in Bulacan; Cabanatuan, Science City of Muñoz, Palayan, and San Jose in Nueva Ecija; Angeles and San Fernando in Pampanga; Tarlac City; and Olongapo in Zambales. Other institutionalized PESOs in Region 3 are those of Abucay, Dinalupihan, Hermosa, Limay, Mariveles, Morong, and Samal in Bataan; Guiguinto, Hagonoy, Marilao, Paombong, and San Ildefonso in Bulacan; Jaen, Llanera, San Antonio, Santo Domingo, and Talavera in Nueva Ecija; Floridablanca and Lubao in Pampanga; Bamban, Capas, Gerona, and Victoria in Tarlac; Botolan, Cabangan, Candelaria, Castillejos, Iba, Masinloc, Palauig, San Antonio, San Felipe, San Marcelino, San Narciso, Santa Cruz, and Subic in Zambales.

Region 4-A has 43 institutionalized PESOs. These are in the provinces of Batangas, Laguna, and Rizal; in the cities of Batangas and Tanauan, in Batangas; Bacoor and Imus in Cavite; Biñan, Calamba, San Pedro and Santa Rosa in Laguna; and Antipolo in Rizal. Moreover, the PESOs of the following municipalities are institutionalized: Lemery, Malvar, Rosario, Santo Tomas, and Taysan in Batangas; Carmona, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Gen. Trias, and Magallanes in Cavite; Alaminos, Bay, Calauan, Liliw, Los Baños, Lumban, Mabitac, Majayjay, Pila, and Siniloan in Laguna; Alabat, Atimonan, Calauag, Dolores, Gumaca, Mauban, Mulanay, Sampaloc, and Tiaong in Quezon; and Angono, Cainta, and Taytay in Rizal.

In Region 4-B, the 15 institutionalized PESOs are those of the provinces of Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, and Romblon; the cities of Calapan in Oriental Mindoro, and Puerto Princesa in Palawan; and the municipalities of Buenavista, Gasan, and Santa Cruz in Marinduque; Magsaysay in Oriental Mindoro; Busuanga, Roxas, and Taytay in Palawan; and Looc and Odiongan in Romblon.

Region 5 recorded 13 institutionalized PESOs. These are those of Albay, Camarines Sur, and Sorsogon; the cities of Ligao in Albay, and Naga in Camarines Sur; and the municipalities of Daet, Jose Panganiban, Labo, and Mercedes in Camarines Norte; Pili in Camarines Sur; Balud in Masbate; and Bulan and Gubat in Sorsogon.

In Visayas, there are 101 institutionalized PESOs, which includes the following breakdown: Region 6 – 25; Region 7 – 26; and Region 8 – 50.

Region 6 now has 25 institutionalized PESOs. These are those of the provinces of Antique and Guimaras; and the cities of Roxas in Capiz, and San Carlos and Silay in Negros Occidental. It further includes those in the municipalities of Banga, Buruanga, Malinao, Numancia, and Tangalan in Aklan; Bugasong, Pandan, San Jose de Buenavista, and Tibiao in Antique; Ivisan and Pontevedra in Capiz; Jordan and Nueva Valencia in Guimaras; and Batad, Cabatuan, Concepcion, Dumangas, Lambunao, and Leganes in Iloilo; and Cauayan in Negros Occidental.

In Region 7, the number of institutionalized PESOs is now at 26 – those of the provinces of Bohol and Cebu; the cities of Cebu and Mandaue, as well as Bayawan and Dumaguete in Negros Oriental. It also includes those in the municipalities of Albuquerque, Alicia, Calape, Catigbian, Loboc, Mabini, and Talibon in Bohol; Boljoon, Consolacion, Ginatilan, Liloan, Oslob, Poro, San Remigio, and Santander in Cebu;  Bacong and Zamboanguita in Negros Oriental; and Larena, San Juan, and Siquijor in Siquijor province.

Region 8, which ranks next after region 3, has 50 institutionalized PESOs. These are in the provinces of Biliran, Northern Samar, and Southern Leyte; as well as in the cities of Tacloban in Leyte, and Catbalogan in Western Samar. Furthermore, included in the list are those in the municipalities of Maripipi and Naval in Biliran; Arteche, Balangiga, Balangkayan, Can-Avid, Gen. MacArthur, Guiuan, Hernani, Lawaan, Llorente, Maslog, Maydolong, Mercedes, Oras, Salcedo, and Sulat in Eastern Samar; Alangalang, Albuera, Barugo, Dulag, Hilongos, Hindang, Isabel, MacArthur, Merida, Palompon, and San Isidro in Leyte; Bobon, Gamay, Mapanas, and Lope de Vega in Northern Samar; Basey, Gandara, Hinabangan, Marabut, Pinabacdao, and Zumarraga in Western Samar; and Bontoc, Hinundayan, Padre Burgos, Saint Bernard, San Ricardo, Silago, and Sogod in Southern Leyte.

Mindanao boasts of 101 institutionalized PESOs, regionally broken down as follows: Region 9 – 17; Region 10 – 25; Region 11 – 23; Region 12 – 15; and CARAGA – 21.

Region 9 has 17 insitutionalized PESOs. These are those of Dapitan and Dipolog in Zamboanga del Norte; Pagadian in Zamboanga del Sur; and Isabela, in Isabela province. Included further in the institutionalized PESOs are those in the municipalities of Liloy, Manukan, Pres. Manuel Roxas, Rizal, and Kalawit in Zamboanga del Norte; Bayog, Dinas, Molave, Ramon Magsaysay, and Tukuran, in Zamboanga del Sur; and Roseller Lim, Siay, and Tungawan in Zamboanga Sibugay.

Region 10 has 25 institutionalized PESOs. These are those of the cities of Iligan in Lanao del Norte; and Cagayan de Oro; El Salvador and Gingoog in Misamis Oriental. It also includes those in the municipalities of Quezon and San Fernando in Bukidnon; Mambajao in Camiguin; Bacolod, Kolambugan, Matungao, Tangcal, and Tubod in Lanao del Norte; Jimenez and Sapang Dalaga in Misamis Occidental; Alubijid, Claveria, Gitagum, Initao, Laguindingan, Libertad, Lugait, Magsaysay, Manticao, Naawan, and Talisayan in Misamis Oriental.

In Region 11, institutionalized PESOs now stand at 23. These are in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte, as well as the cities of Panabo and Tagum in Davao del Norte, and Davao City in Davao del Sur. Also included are those in the municipalities of Maco and Nabunturan in Compostela Valley; Asuncion, Carmen, Kapalong, New Corella, Talaingod, and Braulio E. Dujali in Davao del Norte; Bansalan, Hagonoy, Malalag, Matanao, Padada, and Santa Cruz in Davao del Sur; Malita and Don Marcelino in Davao Occidental; and Cateel and Gov. Generoso in Davao Oriental.

In Region 12, there are 15 institutionalized PESOs in the cities of Kidapawan and Cotabato in the province of Cotabato; General Santos in South Cotabato; and Tacurong in Sultan Kudarat. It also includes those in the municipalities of Midsayap in Cotabato; Alabel and Malapatan in Sarangani; Polomolok, T’boli, and Sto. Niño in South Cotabato; and Bagumbayan, Isulan, Kalamansig, Pres. Quirino, and Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat.

Lastly, CARAGA boasts of 21 institutionalized PESOs. These are those of the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Norte; as well as the cities of Butuan in Agusan del Norte; Surigao in Surigao del Norte; and Bislig in Surigao del Sur. It further includes those in the municipalities of Kitcharao, Nasipit, and Santiago in Agusan del Norte; Esperanza, La Paz, Trento, and Sibagat in Agusan del Sur; Cagdianao in Dinagat Islands; Tagana-an in Surigao del Norte; and Cagwait, Carmen, Hinatuan, Madrid, San Miguel, and Tago in Surigao del Sur.

Baldoz, stressing the importance of institutionalizing the PESOs, said: “We recognize the PESOs as valuable allies and partners in delivering employment facilitation services. The more institutionalized PESOs we have, the better will be the employment facilitation services capability of the government.”


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