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PIA Press Release
2007/04/19

DOLE-7 reminds LGUs to create employment services office

Cebu City (19 April) -- Local government units (LGUs) are reminded to establish the public and employment services office (PESO) as mandated by law as a means to generate and promote employment opportunities down to the barangay level.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) chief on employment promotions division Grace Diaz lamented local chief executives remain stubborn in complying with the particular provision of the law mandating them to create the PESO.

In its efforts to initiate pro-employment programs like the conduct of jobs fair, the DOLE-7 said it partners with LGUs through their PESO ensuring easier facilitation of its activities. Coordination is a problem without the PESO, this is disclosed.

With the election campaign season underway, Diaz called on mayoralty candidates to adhere to the law in the establishment of the PESO in case they get to be elected into office.

One of the problems encountered by the DOLE-7 is the non-continuity of pro-employment and promotions programs in areas where there may be PESO offices. PESO managers are appointed by the mayor and their services are immediately terminated in cases when the appointing authority loses in the elections. New PESO managers don't often coordinate with their office, Diaz bewailed.

Department of Manpower Development and Placement (DMDP) chief Fidel Magno under the Cebu City Government on the other hand, bared only Cebu City in the whole country has established an office that combined both the PESO and a training center.

Magno said the Cebu City Government yearly allots a budget of P13M to their office that includes the conduct of three local jobs fair and one overseas jobs fair and manpower training in vocational services similar to the technical training programs of the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority (TESDA-7).

The first jobs fair the DMDP conducted was in March 31 that had 150 jobseekers hired on-the-spot and about 266 applicants being employed afterwards, according to Magno.

On May 1, the DMDP in partnership with DOLE-7 will hold an overseas job fair and the remaining two local jobs fair will be done on June 23 and sometime in November.

Magno said he is planning to hold a jobs fair in the city's barangays. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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