1.26-M workers assisted
Baldoz commends PESOs for placing 700,000 Filipinos in jobs from Jan-Jun 2014

Closer coordination with local government units and other partners, as well as intensified efforts to hammer down the message that Public Employment Service Offices, popularly known as PESOs, are effective partners in employment facilitation, have enabled the DOLE through the PESOS to assist for placement 1.26 million workers, out of the 1.6 million jobseekers targeted for 2014, or an 81.3 percent accomplishment rate for the first semester.

“PESOs are linked to DOLE regional offices for coordination and technical supervision to ensure performance of their mandate. Under the PESO law, employers are encouraged to submit to the PESO on a regular basis a list of their job vacancies to facilitate the exchange of labor market information services between them and the job seekers, with the PESO as intermediary, ” said Baldoz, who also bared that out of the 1.26 million workers served during the period, 700,594 jobseekers were actually placed for local and overseas employment.

“This year, the DOLE seeks to strengthen further the country’s PESOs as frontline institutions in job facilitation and delivery of accurate, relevant, and useful labor market information to entrants to the job market. They are our employment service vanguards and we need to mobilize them especially now that Christmas season is drawing near,” she added.

The Bureau of Local Employment, the agency that serves as the DOLE’s conduit for the provision of technical and other support services to the PESOs, reported that the number of assisted jobseekers in regions during the six-month period are as follows:

NCR—159,937 jobseekers of the 202,000 annual target, or 79.2 percent; CAR—55,159 of the 73,614, or 74.9 percent; Region 1—38,805 of the 53,519, or 72.5 percent; Region 2—11,479 of the 18,225, or 63 percent; Region 3—128,058 of the 217,972, or 58.8 percent; Region 4A—141,642 of the 268,764, or 52.7 percent; Region 4B—14,122 of the 37,856, or 37.3 percent; Region 5—19,380 of the 30,000, or 64.6 percent;

Region 6—81,114 of the 180,000, or 45.1 percent; Region 7—436,991 of the 126,225, or 346.2 percent; Region 8—3,800 of the 32,344, or 11.8 percent; Region 9—3,325 of the 9,654, or 34.4 percent; Region 10—55,775 of the 80,000, or 69.7 percent; Region 11—29,681 of the 70,358 percent; Region 12—38,492 of the 72,990, or 52.7 percent; and CARAGA—49,951 of the 86,237, or 57.9 percent.

The labor and employment chief attributed the increasing number of workers referred and placed for local and overseas employment to the increasing number of institutionalized PESOs.

“In 2013, we broke the record for jobseekers referred for placement with 1,561,229 jobseekers. We are on our way to breaking another record this year. There is no doubt this is highly attributable to the number of PESOs  that have been institutionalized,” said Baldoz.

Recently, the BLE reported there are already 328 institutionalized PESOs nationwide, as of the first semester of the year.

“This is higher by 87–the total number of institutionalized PESOs during the first six months of 2014–compared to the 241 institutionalized PESOs as of 2013.

The institutionalized PESOs at the end of 2012 was165; at the end of 2011, it was 73; and at the end of 2010, it was 65.

Institutionalized PESOs are those which have been made regular offices–with plantilla position/s and annual budgets–either through an ordinance or a resolution enacted by a local Sanggunian or legislative council.

Baldoz said the DOLE in the remaining months of 2014 will continue to strengthen its campaign among local governments for the institutionalization of their respective PESOs to enable jobseekers, workers, and employers to enjoy the PESOs’ frontline programs and services in employment facilitation and labor market information delivery.

“We consider and treat the PESOs as valuable allies and partners in delivering employment facilitation services. Therefore, we deem it very important that they are institutionalized,” Baldoz said.

“The more institutionalized PESOs we have, the better will be the employment facilitation services capability of the government,” she added.

Toward this end, the labor and employment chief challenged the PESOs, especially the PESO managers, to work hard in transforming themselves into effective convergence hubs of the government’s employment facilitation services with grassroots-based network now that the occasion of the 14th National PESO Congress is drawing near.

This year’s Congress theme is “PESO for the ASEAN Integration, 2015 and Beyond,” which will be held on 22-24 October 2014 at the SMX Convention Center in General Santos City.

The annual PESO Congress 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 one of the highlights of the annual PESO Congress.

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.

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