08 July 2014

Subic freeport colleges sign up for school-based PESOs

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the provincial government of Zambales recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with GIS Institute of Technology, Mondrian Aura College, and College of Subic Montessori for the establishment of school-based Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs).

“Our newly-established school-based PESOs are the latest addition to our 17 existing school-based PESOs here in Zambales. Our partnership with these schools will further boost our campaign in ensuring that our programs and services will be more accessible to our incoming entrants to our labor force,” Vice Governor and Provincial PESO Manager Ramon Lacbain II said.

For her part, DOLE Regional Director Ana Dione commended the strong partnership of DOLE, PESOs, and participating schools in ensuring that programs and services are readily available for graduating students.

“Being the first province in the country with 100 percent PESOs institutionalized and a Secretary’s Award recipient, I thank and commend the dynamic tandem of Governor Hermogenes Ebdane and Vice Governor Lacbain for their endless efforts in pursuit to make our programs and services more reachable to our youths. I’d also like to thank the support and cooperation of our new school-based PESOs in partnering with us in this endeavor. Rest assured that we will extend the necessary assistance to ensure that we will be able to empower our youths and make them the prime movers in the region’s competitive labor force,” Dione said.

Under the MOU, DOLE and provincial PESO shall exercise administrative and technical supervision by developing, administering, and managing area-based or region-specific employment projects and services; recommend requirements for human resources, equipment, facilities and other necessary resources for the effective management and administration; maintain computerized regional registry of skills as well as employment and business opportunities for easy access of the clients; make the Phil-Jobnet accessible and free of charge and assist in its operationalization whether off-line or on-line; and regularly monitor and evaluate the performance of the school-based PESO.

The partner schools, on the other hand, shall commit its available resources in maintaining and improving various PESO services to their students and graduates; provide required necessary resources, facilities, staff and operating funds for the PESO including a focal person charged with the Phil-Jobnet operations; provide labor market information services to their students and graduates; provide referral and placement services both for local and overseas employment for their students and graduates; support, utilize, subscribe and advocate the use of the Phil-Job net for the registration of their graduates as well as a source of employment opportunities and making the system accessible to their students and graduates; provide the concerned local government unit a copy of their encoded registry of their graduates under the off-line feature of the Phil-Jobnet on a regular basis for integration to the Computerized National Manpower Registry of Skills ;and provide inputs/feedbacks for greater usefulness of the Phil-Jobnet as well as other PESO programs and services.

Prior to this, DOLE has established this year school-based PESOs in Wesleyan University in Aurora, Center for Research and Technology in Nueva Ecija, Holy Cross College in Pampanga, and Kolehiyo ng Subic in Zambales. (CLJD-PIA 3)