Feature: It's more than a peso worth at PESO
by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (26 February) -- The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) here has been helping jobless Capicenos grab opportunities to find work at home and abroad that would earn then income.
Every day, the office attends to jobseekers who have been encouraged to visit the said office that has been institutionalized by City Mayor Vicente Bermejo as part of his overall development agency to provide city residents with job and livelihood opportunities.
The chief city executive's thrust jives with the current effort of the national government dubbed comprehensive livelihood and emergency employment program (CLEEP) designed to help Filipinos cope with the current global economic downturn.
CLEEP has set into motion various initiatives in the regions and provinces.
The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has responded with its own by launching a program dubbed A Responsive and Innovative Strategy for Entrepreneurship (ARISE). The program was launched here recently.
And to support DTI's other efforts towards entrepreneurship promotion, Gov. Victor Tanco has committed P2 million for lending purposes for micro-small and medium enterprises in Capiz.
The establishment of PESO has facilitated the job placement of hundreds of Capicenos in various local establishments as well as deployed a considerable number of overseas contract workers to Hong Kong and some Middle East countries.
The highlight of PESO's year-long activities in 2008 included 3 major jobs fairs, series of special recruitment activities, batches of call center trainings, on-going referrals and placement as well as assistance to victims of alleged illegal recruiters, among others based on a report prepared by PESO Manager Milagros I. Barquin.
The Office has also facilitated the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Service Caravan in November in line with the agency's preparation of its 75th year anniversary celebration last December 8, 2008.
A PESO Bulletin Board has also been put up at the Roxas City Hall's Groundfloor Lobby and at the 3rd Floor, respectively, for current listings of job openings for jobseekers.
Bermejo has operationalized the PESO on February 16, 2008 to maximize the city government's employment generation program.
The creation of PESO in key cities and provinces is mandated in PESO Act of 1999 to carry out full employment and equality of employment opportunities for all to strengthen and expand the existing employment facilitation service machinery of the government at the local levels. (PIA) [top]