Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III called on all Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) to strengthen employment facilitation at local government units to enhance job generation at the grassroots level.

Bello made the pitch as the country's PESO managers and staff, led by the PESO Managers Association of the Philippines (PESOMAP), legislators, local chief executives, and DOLE officials gather today at the 17th National PESO Congress in Cauayan, Isabela.

Anchored on the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) initiative of the labor and the trade and industry departments, this year's congress banners Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan�Matatag na PESO, Kaagapay ng Bawat Pilipino.

The annual gathering serves as a platform for the PESOs all over the country to share and learn the best practices in providing services, such as labor market information dissemination, referral and placement, career guidance and employment coaching, livelihood and manpower development, training, and skills registry updating and maintenance.

Bello stressed the vital role of the PESOs, especially with the full implementation of the TNK initiative next year where employment and entrepreneurship opportunities will be extensively provided to local government units (LGUs).

This is in consonance with the Blueprint for Decent Employment and Entrepreneurship aimed at generating 7.5 million jobs by 2022 mainly in key employment generating sectors such as manufacturing, construction, tourism, IT-BPM, transportation and logistics, and wholesale and retail.

Aside from employment facilitation services, the PESOs will also serve as a venue for 'DOLE Clinics' � a mechanism to bring the DOLE closer to the community.

Early this year, Bello directed all Regional Directors to establish 'DOLE Clinics' in PESOs of LGUs nationwide to facilitate immediate and effective delivery of services.

This serves as the center of the department's public assistance at the community level. It offers information, services, and referral to appropriate agencies on matters such as local and overseas employment, entitlements under general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards, labor relations, and livelihood assistance, Bello said.

Considering the daunting task of PESOs, Bello called on the support of local chief executives by institutionalizing their respective PESOs.

RA No. 10691 or the amended PESO Law provides for the institutionalization of PESOs in all municipalities, cities and provinces with permanent plantilla positions and funding source from the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA).

Institutionalizing PESOs in your LGUs will remarkably help your constituents avail of the multi-employment service facility. It is high time that we solidify our partnership so that more Filipino jobseekers will be able to build better lives through full, decent, and productive employment, he said.

To date, 495 PESOs are now institutionalized, out of the 1,926 established PESOs in the country.

Held every October, the National PESO Congress is highlighted by the conferment of the Best PESO Awards, an annual activity that recognizes the significant contribution and outstanding accomplishments of PESOs in the implementation of DOLE employment facilitation programs.

Source: Department Of Labor and Employment Republic of Philippines