DOLE establishes 9 new PESOs in Zambales

A January 19, 2011 press release prepared by the Department of Labor and Employment

As the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) aims to popularize labor market information (LMI) among the youth to facilitate their employment, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 3 in San Fernando City, Pampanga established Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in seven schools, and at the provincial government, as well as in one non-government organization (NGO) in Zambales to bring LMI and other DOLE employment services closer to graduates and other young workers in this province.

DOLE 3 Regional Director Ernesto C. Bihis reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that his office has entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA) providing for the setting up  of nine PESOs with its new program partners in Zambales.

He said the new PESOs will operate at the six branches of the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (RMTU) in Iba (main branch), Botolan, San Marcelino, Castillejos, Candelaria, and Masinloc; at the Central Luzon College of Science and Technology (CelTech); at the Zambales War Against Poverty Foundation, Inc. (ZWAPFI); and at Zambales provincial government.

“Finally, Zambales will now have a provincial-based PES where, incidentally, vice governor Ramon G. Lacbain II also serves as PESO manager,” Bihis said as he thanked the Provincial Government of Zambales for supporting the DOLE’s employment programs through the newly established PESOs in the province.

The MOA signing, which was held at the main campus of the Ramon Magsaysay Technological University at Iba, was attended and witnessed by Dr. Feliciano Rosette, RMTU President; Dr. Rene Paulo Legaspi, CLCST Chief Operating Officer; Ms. Doreen Macedo, ZWAPFI President; DOLE RO3 Regional Director Bihis; Efren Reyes, head of the DOLE Zambales Field Office; and Vice Governor Lacbain II.

Other Deans of RMTU were also present in the MOA signing.

“The MOA will serve as an important step towards strengthening collaborative networks between LGU PESOs, the academe, and NGOs in providing graduates and other workers in Zambales the opportunity to avail of all programs and services of the PESO, particularly in the area of employment facilitation. Moreover, they need not go too far just to get information on the listing of job vacancies, or any PESO-related activities as far as job searching is concerned,” Bihis said.

The regional director specified that the school and NGO-based PESOs will assist graduating students find sustainable jobs after they have completed their schooling.

Further, he noted that the existence of PESOs in schools and also in NGOs will bring employment programs and services of the DOLE Region 3 office closer and readily available to future jobseekers.

“We will intensify our efforts to provide employment facilitation services especially to graduates and young workers through these PESOs,” Bihis said adding that the PESOs will also serve as conduits of the regional office’s livelihood programs for other needy workers in Region 3.

Bihis also said that the DOLE Region 3 office will focus efforts aimed at addressing jobs mismatch, unemployment, and underemployment in the region.

“The school-based PESOs will conduct career guidance counseling seminars to guide students on what career and employment paths to choose from. An NGO-based PESO, on the other hand, will address employment needs of Zambaleños at the community level,” he said.