17 PESOs in Cordillera institutionalized

BAGUIO CITY — At least 17 Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in the 84 local government units (LGUs) in Cordillera region have been institutionalized, according to the Department of Labor and Employment – Cordillera Regional Office (DOLE-CAR).

DOLE-CAR director Exequiel Guzman on Friday said the 17 institutionalized PESOs in the region are the municipal PESOs of Bangued, Sallapadan and San Juan in the province of Abra; Kapangan, La Trinidad and Mankayan in Benguet; Baguio City; the Municipalities of Lagawe, Mayoyao and Alfonso Lista in Ifugao; Pasil, Tanudan and Tabuk City in Kalinga and Tadian, Mountain Province.

With this development, Guzman said the DOLE is encouraging the local chief executives to strengthen the PESO in order to provide efficient, accessible, and responsive employment facilitation services that could address jobs and skills mismatch in their localities.

Once the PESO is institutionalized, there will be a separate office or directly under the office of the mayor or governor to be 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.

The 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.

PESO will also serve as referral and information center for the DOLE and other government agencies by making available data and information on their respective programs.

It will establish a 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 (SPES) – a unique scholarship program of DOLE for poor but deserving students;

Government Internship Program (GIP) – which provides six months of employment to out-of-school youths (OSYs), 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.

Guzman encouraged the PESO managers and personnel to continuously serve as DOLE’s partners in addressing unemployment and underemployment in the Cordilleras.

BLE records show that there are 458 institutionalized PESOs nationwide; 230 in Luzon, 120 in Visayas, and 108 in Mindanao. JOJO LAMARIA/PNA-northboundasia.com