Dangcagan, Bukidnon ---- The Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. X(DOLE-X), through its Bukidnon Provincial Field Office (Buk PFO), appeared before the Sangguniang Bayan’s (SB) regular session advocating the Salient Features of the Amended PESO Act of 1999; the Republic Act (RA) 1069 to institutionalize its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) on 23 January 2017, at the SB Hall, this municipality.
DOLE-X Buk PFO Head Raul L. Valmores reviewed that RA 10691 was signed during the 15th National PESO Congress in Pasay City on 26 October 2015, amending RA 8759 or the PESO Act of 1999. Subsequently, Department Order (DO) No. 157-16 for its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) was then issued on 22 June 2016 and published through the Philippine Star on 27 June 2016 with its effectivity date on 13 July 2016.
Valmores and his staff discussed before the SB the importance of the institutionalization and making their PESO Manager item as a permanent position, and further advocated the improved Labor Market Information (LMI) and the rest of the Department’s employment facilitation services, and to allocate funds for the purpose as provided in the said IRR.
“The services of PESO are not only for the urbanized, high income areas with a number of employment opportunities, but also extends to the residents of the poor and remote municipalities. More than the wage employment facilitation service, the PESO provides emergency employment, career guidance and counseling, referrals for livelihood assistance and training which includes skills and entrepreneurship training that are very much likewise needed in the poor municipalities,” Valmores added.
The creation of permanent positions in the PESO minimizes the incessant change in designated personnel, especially during change of local chief executives in the national elections.
“This passage promotes continuous learning and upgrading of knowledge and capabilities among permanent PESO Managers,” Valmores further said.
Together with the Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the Civil Service Commission, the DOLE set the standard operating procedures of the PESO, as well as its qualification standards and the guiding roles and responsibilities.
On the other hand, RA 10691 mandates the LGUs to allocate a portion of their Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) for employment facilitation services, and likewise the DBM allocates its budget in the annual General Appropriations Act.
Ultimately, the Chairman and his members of the Committee on Labor approved for to institutionalize its PESO during the first reading of the next SB session. They proposed a Salary Grade (SG) 13, equivalent to a Labor and Employment Officer (LEO) II position.
Consequently, present PESO Manager-Designate Olive Lipetin is highly recommended for the said LEO II position.
End/Arlyn Z. Bael/DOLE-X Bukidnon PFO
DOLE-X Bukidnon PFO staff Arlyn Z. Bael (standing) presented RA 1069 to SB Dangacagan, Bukidnon advocating PESO institutionalization on 23 January 2017 at the SB Hall, Dangcagan, Bukidnon. (Photo source: DOLE-X Bukidnon PFO)