Institutionalized PESOs reach 328 with the additional 87 during the first semester of 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 its Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), to institutionalize 87 PESOs during the first semester of the year.

Thus said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz who yesterday announced that there are already 328 institutionalized PESOs nationwide.

“This is higher by 87–the total number of institutionalized PESOs during the first six months of 2014–compared to the 241 institutionalized PESOs in 2013. It is also  higher than the 165 PESOs institutionalized in 2012; the 73 institutionalized in 2011; and the 65 PESOs institutionalized in 2010,” Baldoz said.

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.

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 institutionalized vis-à-vis the 1,887 established PESOs across the regions are as follows: National Capital Region, 16 of 23; Cordillera Administrative Region, 12 of 88; RO1, 10 of 132; RO2, 21 of 105; RO3, 50 of 186; RO4-A, 37 of 152; RO4B, 15 of 81; RO5, 10 of 152; RO6, 20 of 169; RO7, 15 of 158; RO8, 43 of 170; RO9, 15 of 110; RO10, 59 of 113; RO11, 14 of 85; RO12, 10 of 78; and Caraga, 17 of 85.

As of today, there are 30 institutionalized, out of the 75 established, PESOs in the provinces; 69 of 142 in cities; 70 of 312 in 1st class municipalities; 32 of 167 in 2nd class municipalities; and 127 of 895 in 3rd to 6th class municipalities.

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.

“While the details of the annual PESO congress are yet to be finalized, the DOLE is already looking forward to celebrate yet another successful event with only the “best and the brightest” stars in the firmament on employment facilitation,” Baldoz said.

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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