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DOLE and PESO managers all over CV get ready for the new normal

Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) got a nod from a hundred Public Employment Service Office (PESO) managers, who attended the recently-held online gathering, to get ready for and embrace the so-called “new normal,” in the delivery of their employment facilitation program and services.

With the “new normal” now being the reality of everybody,” DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton said that there is also a conscious need to re-engineer the way things are being carried out at the DOLE and at the PESOs as emerging ideas have been introduced to help both institutions to keep up with the fast-changing times.

“One of the things that we are now looking into is the conduct of the virtual job fairs at the local government units through their respective PESOs,” she said.

To recall, the DOLE Regional Office introduced and first launched the virtual Trabaho, Negosyo at  Kabuhayan (TNK) Job fair in December last year.

“We understand that there are still a lot of issues and concerns at the level of the PESOs insofar as the conduct of the virtual job fair is concerned. However, together, I am confident that we can sort them out as we go along. Given the demands of the times, we, in government also have to graduate from the usual way of doing things and explore something new that can better address the requirements of the new normal,” explained the Regional Director.

Virtual job fair was among the things presented and discussed in detail during the 2-day Regional PESO Managers’ Year End Planning and Assessment Cum Congress 2020 held last week.

Director Siaton said she appreciated all PESO Managers who were actively engaged in the activity, speaking up and raising substantial queries regarding all topics presented. “We are grateful for all their inputs and their willingness to explore these new possibilities. The many clarifications they raised for example, demonstrated how concerned they are on how to effectively implement new programs the moment the same are being rolled out in their respective LGUs,” she added.

DOLE Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay thanked all the PESO managers for their contributions as the DOLE’s partner in implementing the employment facilitation program. She said there’s a budget that has been set aside for the PESO programs. Underscoring the government’s blueprint for decent employment and entrepreneurship in the “new normal,” she said the government is now prepared with a recovery plan that is done in coordination with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and other partner-agencies.

Dubbed as NERS or National Employment Recovery System, the employment recovery initiative includes four components: (1) Economic Activities with policies and guidelines for the safe reopening of the businesses and the safety of the workers and consumers; (2) Restoration of Business Confidence, consumer protection and a rebooting package for the MSMEs; (3) Upgrading of the skills of the workforce through skills training; and (4) Labor Market Access Facilitation such as the conduct of Job Fairs.

According to Director Siaton, she is optimistic the PESOs in the Region are capable of leveling up and expanding the existing employment facilitation service machinery that they currently have.

“Of course, the DOLE will be with them in every step of the way. We will provide them the right support in everything we can. We’ve in fact requested them to signify to give this Virtual Job Fair a try in their LGUs. To ensure that the technical aspect of the Job Fair is easily addressed, we have a service provider that is tasked to focus and look into the technical aspect. The same assistance will also be extended to them when needed,” she added.

Also taking shape during said Virtual PESO Congress was the idea of some new training programs that could be possibly incorporated with the Life Skills Trainings (LSTs) that the PESOs could offer to jobseekers. Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) discussed the “Work Ethics of a Productive Worker” and also brought up the idea of their Office closely working with the DOLE and the PESOs in terms of the provision of trainings to jobseekers and to the PESO managers, themselves.

Also giving inputs during said gathering were representatives from other partner-agencies, who each presented the updates of their respective programs. Present were representatives from TESDA, POEA, OWWA, NRCO, SSS, the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), and the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE).

Ms. Maria Vilma C. Yorong, Regional PESO Managers (REPESOM-7) President said, “Of the recently conducted REPESOM YEPA cum Congress, I am so amazed of the support and cooperation shown by all the PESO Managers of Region-7 led by their respective Provincial PESO Presidents. The activity surpassed the level of success we are expecting and I thank the Department of Labor and Employment led by RD Mimi O. Siaton and all the men and women of TSSD - EWW headed by Ms. Marties Tanquiamco for making it possible and successful. Thank you and Congratulations!”

The event was attended by the various PESO Managers from the provinces of Cebu, Negros Oriental, Bohol and Siquijor.




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