Institutionalized PESOs should help advocate institutionalization among LGUs–Baldoz

Pending approval by Congress of a legislative proposal on the institutionalization of Public Service Offices (PESOs), Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz had asked all institutionalized PESOs, especially those multi-awarded ones, to take it upon themselves and help non-institutionalized PESOs in all local government units to take the path towards making their PESOs regular and permanent.

PESOs that are already regular and permanent for a long time, with local budgetary and human resource support from their local governments, should not hide the secret about the benefits of having institutionalized PESOs. You should go out, campaign, and advocate with LGUs in your regions and provinces and help them become permanent institutions,” said Baldoz at the last day of the 14th National PESO Congress in General Santos City last week.

During the Congress, the labor and employment chief hailed the Best PESO Awardees for the year 2013, and said they should be the ones to lead in the campaign for PESO institutionalization.

Two of the Best PESO Awards winners,  PESO Zambales and PESO Masinloc, have committed to hark to Secretary Baldoz’s exhortation.

They expressed their commitment through Zambales Vice Governor Ramon Lacbain III, Zambales PESO Provincial Manager, who said he will personally lead in the campaign for institutionalization in Central Luzon.

Zambales is the first province in the country to have all its municipal PESOs institutionalized.

For the third time, PESO Zambales under the helm of Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. and Lacbain II was hailed as the Best PESO under the Second Class Province Category.

With this achievement, the provincial PESO joins PESOs in Central Luzon, such as those of Bulacan, Pampanga, Angeles City, and City of San Fernando that have been elevated to
the PESO Hall of Fame.

In 2013, PESO Zambales was instrumental in the institutionalization of the PESOs of the Municipalities of Candelaria and Sta. Cruz, thus completing the institutionalization of all the province’s 13 PESOs.

It also facilitated the placement of some 2,959 applicants under the regular employment facilitation scheme which included local employment, Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), Training, and Livelihood.

PESO Zambales is also credited for the establishment and institutionalization of  OWWA Help Desks in all Municipalities.

Baldoz said PEZO Zambales and the rest of the country’s PESOs that have been already institutionalized should “go out” and “preach” the good news of PESO institutionalization.

The Best PESO Awards is one of the most anticipated highlights of the annual National PESO Congress, and at the 14th Congress, held at the KCC Mall Convention & Event Center in General Santos City, was not an exception.

This year’s Congress theme, “PESO for the ASEAN Integration, 2015 and beyond,” was aimed to prepare the country’s network of PESOs effectively and efficiently to face and address the opportunities and challenges presented by the ASEAN integration in 2015.

Undersecretary Rebecca Chato, head of the Labor Relations, Social Dialogue, and Internal Affairs Cluster, Representative Alexei Karlo Nograles (1st District, Davao City), Senator Sonny Angara, and Rep. Manny Pacquiao were among the prominent personalities that graced the 14th National PESO Congress.

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