Baguio City - Department of Labor and Employment-CAR Regional Director commended the seventeen (17) Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) across the region which are now institutionalized and encouraged the PESO managers and personnel to continuously serve as DOLE’s partners in addressing unemployment and underemployment in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
Director Guzman said with only 17 Public Employment Service Office (PESO) fully institutionalized in the Cordilleras out of 84 Local Government Units (LGUs) in the Cordilleras, we in the Department are encouraging our Local Chief Executives and their respective PESOs to strengthen cooperation to provide efficient, accessible, and responsive employment facilitation services to address job and skills mismatch in their localities.
“During the yearly PESO assessment for CAR recently and despite the issuance of DOLE Department Order 157 – Series of 2016 or the “Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 8759, otherwise known as the PESO Act”, the new Sangguniang Bayan and Panlalawigan members still have not enacted the necessary ordinance for PESOs to have it included in their respective 2017 budgets. Some PESO Officers are appointed by the Local Chief Executive and are co-terminus after the term expires.” Guzman added.
In the LGUs, if the PESO is institutionalized, there will be a separate office or directly under the office of the mayor or governor manned by a PESO manager and staff. It will have its own office budget and shall be the official link of Bureau of Labor Employment (BLE) and DOLE to the local chief executives.
Under the amended PESO Act, PESO shall be institutionalized in the municipal and provincial LGUs to provide a venue for clients to simultaneously avail various employment services, such as labor market information referrals, training, and entrepreneurial reintegration.
It also serves as referral and information center for the DOLE and other government agencies by making available data and information on their respective programs. It will also be an established linkage of other PESOs for job exchange and other employment related services.
DOLE programs implemented through the PESO are the Special Program for the Employment of Students, a unique scholarship program of DOLE for poor but deserving students; Government Internship Program, which provides six months of employment to out of school youth, especially the fresh graduates whose main problem in applying for work is the lack of work experience; Tulong Pangkabuhayan para sa disadvantaged workers; livelihood program; career coaching; and job fairs.
According to the Bureau of Local Employment, as of press time, there are 458 institutionalized PESOs nationwide; 230 in Luzon, 120 in Visayas, and 108 in Mindanao.