Department of Labor and Employment
10 October 2019
Bello encourages LGUs to institutionalize PESOs
Underscoring the labor department’s push towards stronger employment facilitation, Secretary Silvestre Bello III urged local government units to institutionalize Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs).
This as PESO managers and staff, led by the PESO Managers Association of the Philippines (PESOMAP), legislators, local chief executives, and DOLE officials gather at the SMX Convention Center in Bacolod City for the 19th National PESO Congress.
Bello commended the local chief executives who “pushed a growth program and worked relentlessly to get the economy growing by putting premium on employment in their policy agenda.”
He likewise lauded the PESOs for being the labor department’s partners in advancing the decent work agenda at the grassroots.
Under the supervision of LGUs and the technical support of the DOLE, the PESOs are tasked to ensure prompt, timely, and efficient delivery of employment services and information on DOLE programs.
To ensure their continued operation and sustainability, the amended PESO law mandates PESO institutionalization and establishment of computerized systems for improved labor market information and employment facilitation service.
To date, 504 PESOs are now institutionalized, out of the 1,926 established PESOs in the country.
Mindful that there are still LGUs which have yet to institutionalize their PESOs, the labor chief reiterated the government’s overarching goal of inclusive growth and development.
“Walang dapat maiwan. Whether one belongs to the first or sixth class city or municipality, dapat may institutionalized PESO na ang bawat isa. That way, we can look forward to economic growth distributed fairly across society and create opportunities and decent jobs to every Filipino,” Bello said.
He also encouraged the PESOs to make their presence felt across the country through “improved, innovative, and quality-sustained multi-employment facilitation service to the public.”
Meanwhile, Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) Director Dominique Tutay said that notable developments in the PESO institutionalization efforts will be tackled during the Congress.
Among these initiatives are the involvement of the Civil Service Commission in the establishment and publication of the PESO Qualification Standards and the ongoing implementation of the DOLE-DILG-PESOMAP Memorandum of Agreement towards PESO institutionalization.
Held every October, the National PESO Congress is highlighted by the conferment of the Best PESO Awards, an annual activity that recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of PESOs in the implementation of DOLE employment facilitation programs.
This year’s congress banners “Sa PESO, May Disenteng Trabaho ang Bawat Pilipino.”