Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the efforts of the DOLE to deliver efficient and effective public employment services delivery through the country’s network of Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) has improved the lives of 7.8-M Filipinos who benefited from job placement services.
“In pursuit of our employment facilitation mandate, we have placed 7.8 million jobseekers to various jobs over the last five years through the frontline services of our PESOs,” said Baldoz on the eve of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s sixth State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Under the Aquino III administration, the DOLE has serviced 7,850,159 jobseekers for placement to various job vacancies here and abroad from 2010 to the first semester of 2015. Of this number, 6,022,258 workers were actually placed, resulting to a 77 percent placement rate.
“This number will still increase as the DOLE still has 478,057 jobseekers targeted for replacement for the rest of 2015. This does not stop us from exceeding our target for it means more Filipinos will be at decent work,” Baldoz stated.
By comparison, only 4.6 million jobseekers were referred for placement during the previous administration, from 2005 to the first semester of 2010. Of this number, only 3.4 million were actually placed, or a placement rate of 74.8 percent.
She emphasized that the DOLE, in achieving its targets, has worked with the 1,925 established PESOs, up by 169 from the 1,756 PESOs in 2010. There are also more institutionalized PESOs nationwide. From 65 in 2010, institutionalized PESOs under the Aquino III administration have risen to 390.
“PESOs help to bolster the government’s policy of providing full employment and equal employment opportunities for all. As a non-fee charging multi-employment service facility, the PESO helps jobseekers find work through its frontline services, such as the conduct of job fairs, monitoring of the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), provision of career guidance and employment coaching, and employment facilitation through job matching among others,” said Baldoz.
The PESOs were established by virtue of Republic Act No. 8759, otherwise known as the PESO Act of 1999. There is now a pending bill in Congress to amend the PESO Act, principally, seeking to institutionalize all LGU-based PESOs and to enable them to provide multi-dimensional employment services.
In the first semester of 2015, the DOLE, through its regional offices working with the PESOs, has already referred jobseekers for placement as follows:
(1) National Capital Region (NCR), 58,764 jobseekers; (2) Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), 52,646; (3) Region I, 32,769; (4) Region II, 15,925; (5) Region III, 121,928; (6) Region IV-A, 115,187; (7) Region IV-B, 24,254; (8) Region V, 25,956; (9) Region VI, 164,382; (10) Region VII, 96,608; (11) Region VIII, 17,960; (12) Region IX, 11,786; (13) Region X, 54,417; (14) Region XI, 41,590; (15) Region XII, 112,879; and (16) CARAGA, 74,892 jobseekers.
Also under the Aquino III administration, the DOLE has deployed 200 additional job search kiosks in many PESOs and DOLE regional and field offices nationwide.
“Pres. Aquino III had allocated P44 million for these additional job search kiosks as well as the upgrading of 110 existing kiosks. The deployment of the kiosks is a boost to sustaining the progress of employment facilitation and in investing in the country’s human resource as pillars of decent work towards inclusive growth,” said Baldoz.
“These job search kiosks use advanced green technology to extend the service of the kiosks in places where there is no, or limited, internet connection,” she said.
The labor chief also lauded the DOLE’s partnership with the PESOs in the conduct of job fairs.
During the last five years, we have conducted 10,041 job fairs where 3.3 million jobseekers registered. In these job fairs, 414,742 jobseekers were hired-on-the-spot (HOTS).
In bridging the gap between employers and jobseekers, the DOLE has also enhanced the government’s official job search portal, the Phil-JobNet, and incorporated in the online facility many innovative features, provided by such private sector partners as the SFI Group of Companies; Career Hub Network Corp.; JobStreet Select, Inc.; Quantum X, Inc.; Hallo Hallo Job; and The NowGroup to expand access to career guidance and labor market information.
“Now, anyone can access the PJN through their mobile devices and search for job vacancies anywhere and anytime. In the last years, the PJN has posted 6 million job vacancies. Its registered applicants have also grown to 1.1 million,” Baldoz added.