CLARK FREEPORT ZONE – Public employment service facilities in Central Luzon assisted 224,382 jobseekers to get local and overseas work.


This was reported by Regional Director Ana Dione to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III during the performance and planning assessment of around 120 comprising Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers from various PESOs in Region III and officials of the Central Luzon Career Guidance Network (CL-CGN).


DOLE Region 3 Technical Support and Services Division for Employment and Welfare head Alejandro Inza Cruz and Labor Statistician Andre Josef Bustos said PESO’s employment facilitation assistance recorded placement rate of 88 percent over 254,460 referred applicants.


“Thanks to our continued partnership with the PESOs, we’ve set another milestone in providing for more employment opportunities in ensuring that our job seekers land jobs through our help. With our latest scorecard, we have surpassed the Bureau of Local Employment’s (BLEs) 80 percent placement rate target,” Inza Cruz said.


Another employment facilitation activity initiated by the DOLE and PESOs is the conduct of 10 region-wide job fairs during the Labor Day and Independence Day festivities.


Aside from this, the DOLE and PESOs also teamed up in holding various local job fairs within provinces, cities, and municipalities all over the region.


All national and local job fairs have adopted the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) Concept forged between the DOLE and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).


Bustos, for his part, provided updates on several employment programs aimed to boost employment opportunities and learning for the region’s working youths.


According to Bustos, some 26,679 poor but deserving students were provided short-term employment opportunities through the SPES, which stands for Special Program for the Employment of Students.


“As of December 2017, P97,634,086 SPES-funds, representing government’s 40 percent share for payment of salaries of SPES-beneficiaries, have already been released/paid to some 25,499 students upon completing their requirements,” Bustos explained, adding:


“The remaining 60 percent of their salaries, on the other hand, was shouldered by the DOLE’s SPES-partners from participating local government units and private firms.”


Aside from SPES, Bustos reported that some 1,031 youth beneficiaries comprising college graduates/undergraduates, tech-voch, and high school graduates were engaged in government work under the DOLE Government Internship Program (GIP).


“Our DOLE GIP intern-beneficiaries were engaged in government work assigned to various LGUs, public schools, and other government agencies,” Bustos said.


Some 97,804 students from 385 public schools, TESDA training institutions, and State Universities and Colleges all over the region attended 462 Career Guidance and Employment Coaching (CGEC) Seminars.


The high CGEC-scorecard is attributed to the close coordination between the PESOs and Career Guidance Networks on their Career Guidance Advocacy activities in pursuit of minimizing future jobs mismatch.


On livelihood and emergency employment, some 51,660 marginalized individuals comprising farmers, ambulant vendors, working youths, housewives, and persons with disabilities were provided livelihood assistance/projects amounting to P244,714,200.00.


The livelihood projects include NegoKarts, Starter Kits, Youth Employment Program (YES), Workers Income Augmentation Program (WIN-AP), and Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD).


Cruz noted that all funded interventions were sourced from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program or DILEEP and centrally-managed funds.


Director Dione, who was present to oversee the assessment, lauded and thanked the PESOs for their valuable contribution in garnering successful assessment scorecards for the whole year.


“We commend you all for a job well-done in achieving our targets last year. Thank you for your continued support and commitment to ensuring that our programs and services reach and transform the lives of our jobseekers and beneficiaries from the grassroots,” Dione said.


END/Jerry Borja

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