PESO Congress seeks to better its front-line services

This year’s national Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Congress will celebrate PESO’s successes and will focus on massive job facilitation and substantial poverty alleviation. 

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Photo of TESDA trainees.

The 15th National Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Congress will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City, from October 26 to 28, with the theme: “Pagdaloy ng Disenteng Trabaho at Maunlad na Negosyo, Kaagapay ang DOLE-PESO.”

The 15th National PESO Congress seeks to develop an environment conducive to strengthening the PESO’s capacity to provide valuable contributions toward productive employment facilitation; create learning opportunities for drawing new insights for better employment services at the grassroots, occasioned by the changing environment; and promote stronger camaraderie and cooperation among the PESOs.

“The annual National PESO Congress is one of the most anticipated employment facilitation event of the year, and the DOLE-National Capital Region, host and organizer of the Congress, in cooperation with the Bureau of Local Employment, and the PESO Managers Association of the Philippines (PESOMAP), formerly PESOPHIL, Inc., is leaving no stone unturned to make the 15th National PESO Congress truly meaningful, spectacular, and memorable,” said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz after the organizers briefed her on the status of preparation for the event.

At the three-day Congress, participants will be immersed in plenary sessions on the following topics: Institutional Reforms of the PESOs; Results and Perspectives of World of Public Employment Service (WAPES) Study 2014-2015; Legislative Reforms on Public Employment Service; Leadership in High Performing PESOs: Presentation of Research Results by the Ateneo Graduate School; PESO as a Multi-Dimensional Employment Service Facility: Learning from our Neighbors; Addressing the Skills Gap through Public-Private Partnerships; and Sustaining Skills Gains Through an Enabling Environment: Laws and Institutions.

“The PESO in the past is known only for employment facilitation. In this year’s Congress, we would like to focus on its transformation into a multi-dimensional front-line institution,” Baldoz added.

This year’s Congress will mark the crystal year for the annual event.

“In today’s globally-competitive economy buffeted by a constant barrage of changes in the labor market and by drastic shifts in labor supply and demand, I truly believe that the DOLE can only be able to successfully address such changes and challenges if we have a strong institutional partner and supporter in the PESO,” said Baldoz.

The PESO bill

The 15th National PESO Congress takes place when the amended PESO bill is in its final shape of becoming a law. “Our hope is for the bill to be signed by the President into law during the Congress.

Among the salient features of the PESO Amendatory Bill are the institutionalization of PESOs in all provinces, cities, and municipalities; creation of permanent plantilla positions for PESO personnel; and improved labor market information and employment facilitation service through computerized systems of monitoring, coordination, and reporting. 

During the congress, the first DOLE Livelihood Summit will also be held, where regional and national awards of recognition to outstanding beneficiaries of the DOLE’s livelihood program will be conferred. This year, the DOLE’s Livelihood Summit will feature beneficiaries of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) who will share their best practices and success stories in their DOLE-assisted businesses.

World Association of Public Employment Services

Before the three-day Congress, the DOLE, through the Bureau of Local Employment and the regional offices, will also hold and participate in the World Association of Public Employment Services (WAPES)[1] Forum, a two-day gathering of global leaders of public employment service offices. The forum is titled, “LMI beyond the numbers: Translating labor market information into pro-active intervention on job-skill matching.”

“This forum will examine theoretical and practical rationale of the role of public employment service offices in improving LMI and maintaining efficient LMI systems. It will provide a venue for participants to share experiences in developing and disseminating LMI,” said Baldoz who will deliver the keynote address at the forum.

“In this 15th National PESO Congress, we celebrate the PESOs’ successes. I am happy and proud to congratulate the PESOMAP officials and its network of PESOs nationwide for their hard work in transforming their public employment service facilities as the country’s main employment facilitation machinery,” Baldoz said.

The conduct of the PESO Congress is in line with efforts of the government to strengthen public-private sector partnerships in the pursuit of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s overarching goal to nurture and develop the country’s human resources, push back joblessness in the grassroots, and strengthen labor and employment facilitation in the country.

From the Department of Labor and Employment

[1] The WAPES is a global association of close to 100 public employment services in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East. It is a platform for labor market and employment contacts and the exchange of information between member countries.