Cebu PESOs advocate for Batas Kasambahay; starts registration The Department of Labor and Employment Cebu Provincial Field Office (CPFO) last week conducted an orientation for Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers of the province’s various cities, municipalities, and state colleges and universities on Republic Act No. 10361, or the Batas Kasambahay. “The orientation was aimed at building the PESO managers’ capability in implementing the Batas Kasambahay,” said DOLE Regional Office No. 7 Regional Director Chona Mantilla in a report to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz. The orientation coincided with the PESO managers’ regular general assembly held at the University of the Visayas’ Hotel and Restaurant Management Department. University of Visayas Executive Vice-President Jose “Dodong” R. Gullas hosted the assembly. Maria Grace V. Diaz, head of the DOLE-CPFO, who organized the orientation, said PESO managers have important roles to play in the implementation of Batas Kasambahay. “After the orientation, the PESO managers committed to advocate for the Batas Kasambahay and planned for the start-up registration of domestic workers in their respective local government units in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government, DOLE, Social Security System, Pag-Ibig, and Philhealth,” Diaz said. During the regular general assembly, the PESO managers held the election of a new set of officers of the Cebu Association of PESO Managers (CAPESOM), with the DOLE-CPFO acting as the election body. The new CAPESCOM officers, who will hold their posts from 2013 to 2016, are Dr. Mathea Baguia, Cebu Provincial PESO manager, as President; Trinidad Bubuli of Toledo City PESO as Vice President for Internal Affairs; Bonifacio Mercado, Jr. of the Cebu Institute of Technology, as Vice President for External Affairs; Maria Suzanne Ardosa of Cebu City PESO as Secretary; Arlen Villacarlos of Madridejos, Cebu PESO as Assistant Secretary; Adela Reuyan of the Lilo-an, Cebu PESO as Treasurer; Arleen Aliganga of Naga, Cebu PESO as Assistant Treasurer; Helen Suico of Carmen, Cebu PESO as Auditor; Salvador Balicoco of Consolacion, Cebu PESO as Public Relations Officer-South; and Romulo Mindajao of Moalboal, Cebu PESO as Public Relations Officer-North. (Any question about this release? Please contact Emmanuel Y. Ferrer, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telephone number 0(32) 416-6167/266-9722. END EYFerrer with reporting from Ms. Marites G. Mercado, Supervising LEO, Cebu Provincial Field Office.