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Central Luzon PESOs soar high anew at year-end assessment; 208,004 jobseekers placed
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE – Central Luzon’s Public Employment Services Offices (PESOs) soar high anew at the 2016 PESO Year-End Performance Assessment (PESO-YEPA), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported today.
The 3-day assessment, which commenced yesterday and will be concluded tomorrow, is currently on-going at the Royce Casino and Hotel at Clark Freeport Zone.
Dione reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that some 172 delegates comprising PESO Managers/Personnel from 167 PESOs all over the region are currently participating in the assessment.
Also among the delegates that are now regular mainstays in PESO assessments are officials of the Central Luzon Career Guidance Network (CL-CGN).
Technical Support and Services Division for Employment and Welfare head Alejandro Inza Cruz kicked-off today’s assessment by highlighting the PESOs notable year-end accomplishments.
First is the placement of 208,004 jobseekers for local and overseas work which recorded a placement rate of 88 percent over 236,597 referred applicants.
“We surpassed the Bureau of Local Employment’s (BLEs) 80 percent placement target rate and attribute this to the PESOs’ proactive employment facilitation activities geared towards more jobseekers securing jobs,” Inza Cruz explained.
Inza Cruz also noted that some 3,728 jobseekers were also placed through 23 region-wide job fairs held during the Labor Day and Independence Day festivities.
Aside from this, around 8,679 jobseekers were placed through various local job fairs held within provinces, cities, and municipalities all over the region.
On youth employment, some 26,108 poor but deserving students were provided short-term employment opportunities through the SPES, which stands for Special Program for the Employment of Students.
As of December 2016, P68,331,035.35 SPES-funds, representing government’s 40 percent share for payment of salaries of SPES-beneficiaries, have already been released or paid to some 23,665 students upon completing their requirements.
The remaining 60 percent of their salaries, on the other hand, were shouldered by the DOLE’s SPES-partners from participating local government units and private firms.
Aside from SPES, some 1,436 youth beneficiaries comprising college graduates/undergraduates, tech-voch and high school graduates were engaged in government work under the DOLE Government Internship Program (GIP).
“Our DOLE GIP intern-beneficiaries have all undergone life skills training and engaged in government work assigned to various LGUs, public schools, and other government agencies,” Inza Cruz explained.
Some 94,974 students from 431 public schools, TESDA training institutions, and State Universities and Colleges all over the region attended 498 Career Guidance and Employment Coaching (CGEC) Seminars.
The high CGEC-scorecard is attributed to the close coordination between the PESOs and Career Guidance Networks on their Career Guidance Advocacy activities in pursuit of minimizing future jobs mismatch.
On livelihood and emergency employment provision, some 85,582 marginalized individuals comprising farmers, ambulant vendors, working youths, housewives, and persons with disabilities were provided livelihood assistance/projects amounting to P344,365,202.50.
The livelihood projects include NegoKarts, Starter Kits, Youth Employment Program (YES), Workers Income Augmentation Program (WIN-AP), and Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD).
Inza Cruz noted that all funded livelihood assistance projects were sourced from the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program or DILEEP and special funds.
Director Dione, who was present to oversee today’s assessment, lauded and thanked the PESOs for their valuable contribution in garnering a successful assessment scorecard for 2016.
“We commend you all for a job well-done in achieving our targets in 2016.  We remain grateful for your continued utmost support and commitment in ensuring that our programs and services reach and positively transform the lives of our jobseekers and beneficiaries from the grassroots,” Dione said, adding:
“Moving forward to 2017, let us always continue improving our ways, reflecting our back-to-basics way of doing things, and continue being creative and innovative to effectively and efficiently deliver our services.”  
Aside from Inza Cruz’s report, all PESOs participated in the discussion and exchange of ideas and strategies in drafting an Action Plan in today’s PESO Planning Session and PESO Hour.
Later this evening, a Fellowship and Recognition Night will be held to honor the PESOs or PESO personnel for their exemplary performance in program implementation.
The PESO-YEPA’s theme: “Taking Steps Higher,” is anchored on the PESO Federation of Central Luzon’s (PESO Central Luzon’s) levelling-up for PESO personnel to think “child-like” in being creative and innovative.  


END/Jerry Borja
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