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 76 PESOs as of 30 November this year.

Thus said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz who yesterday announced that there are already 241institutionalized PESOs nationwide, compared to only165 in 2012, an increase on 76; higher by 168 than the 73 in 2011; and up by 176 from the 65 institutionalized PESOs in 2010.

Institutionalized PESOs are those which have been made a regular office with plantilla position/s and annual budget either though an ordinance or a resolution enacted by a local Sanggunian or legislative council.

The labor and employment chief, citing the report of the Bureau of Local Employment which supervises the PESOs, also said that as of 30 November, there are already 1,887 established PESOs nationwide, compared to only 1,835cestablished PESOs in 2012, an increase of 46 percent.  However, of the number of established PESOs, only 1,270 are operating—providing employment services at the grassroots level.

“The number of established PESOs in 2013 has increased over last year’s  and so did the number of operational PESOs, which is already 1,270, compared to 1,212 in 2012; 1,125 in 2011;  and 1,059 in 2010.  This is an increase of 58 operational PESOs between 2012 and 2013,  and 211 between 2010 and 2013,” Baldoz said.

The labor and employment chief attributes the increasing number of workers referred and placed in local and overseas employment of the institutionalized of the PESOs.

“The PESOs in 2013 broke the record for jobseekers placed by placing 1,092,222 jobseekers to various jobs as of 31 October, exceeding the PESOs’ placement target of 1,025,574 by 6 percent.  There is no doubt this is highly attributable to the number of PESOs  that have been institutionalized,” said Baldoz.

Baldoz said the DOLE in 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.

She also expressed appreciation to DOLE partners for their enthusiastic support to the DOLE’s advocacy for PESO institutionalization, citing in her year-end report on PESO accomplishments the provincial PESO of Zambales headed by Vice Governor Ramon Lacbain II.

During the 13th PESO Congress in September in Palo, Leyte, Baldoz had conferred PESO Zambales the first Secretary’s Award in recognition of its support to the DOLE on the institutionalization of PESOs.

“Zambales is the very first province in  the country to institutionalize all its LGU-based PESOs,” said Baldoz.

On the same occasion, Baldoz also commended Regional Director Raymundo Agravante and Nelly Punzalan, head of the Technical Services and Support Division (TSSD) for Employment Promotion and Workers Welfare, of the DOLE Regional Office No. 3, for their dedication in advocating PESO institutionalization in the region.

The PESO, mandated under Republic Act No. 8759, or the PESO Act of 1999, is a local service facility which provides job referral and matching assistance to local job seekers. It is a free service facility which assists jobseekers find jobs and prospective employers find required manpower.

The PESO also performs other functions, depending on the level of resources and capability that the local government provides for its operation.

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