The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) has come a long way since it was conceived in 1999. From a simple service facility, it is now a multi-dimensional center for facilitation services helping the Filipino find employment.
Emma Javier, Mandaluyong City PESO chief and President of the PESO Association of Metro Manila (PAMM) shared that the City Government of Mandaluyong institutionalized the PESO in 1999 in compliance with R.A. 8759, otherwise known as the PESO Act of 1999. Its aim was to facilitate wage employment and self-employment opportunities at the grassroots level.
Since then, it has achieved milestones in its mission, and has been recognized for its work in facilitating employment for its constituents. It has been recognized by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) National Capital Region as Best in PhilJob.Net Registration (2013, 2014, 2015), Best in Skills Registry System (2015), Best in Prompt Payment of SPES Hires (2013), Best in Labor Supply and Demand Profiling (2013, 2014), Best in Job Fair Placement (2013, 2014), Best in Career Guidance and Employment Coaching (2014, 2015, 2016), Best in Referral and Placement (2015, 2016). PESO Mandaluyong was also named the Best Performing PESO in the areas of Pasig-Pateros-Mandaluyong-Marikina-San Juan (PAPAMAMARISAN) by DOLE-PAPAMAMARISAN Field Office for four consecutive years (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).
Last year, through the assistance of DOLE and Department of Interior and Local Government, PESO Mandaluyong facilitated Bottom-Up Budgeting Programs such as the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD). The TUPAD aims to provide emergency employment to the poorest of the poor and equip them with entrepreneurial skills to facilitate their own livelihood. It also has the Student Entrepreneurship Program which aims to provide seed capital and technical-know-how to public secondary schools. Their projects are showcased at the SM Megamall Event Center for free. These programs are in line with the poverty reduction measures of the National Government.
“We have three core functions namely: (1) referral and placement, which includes daily in-house interviews, registration, screening, coaching and referral of jobseekers; (2) provide timely and accurate information about labor supply and demand for both jobseekers and other clientele and; (3) provide career guidance and employment-coaching to provide in-coming college students information about the labor market trends, thus helping them on what course to take in college,”Javier said.
One of PESO’s focus is on getting more youth placement and event program partners. Javier said the current youth range is between 15 to 30 years old, with a working population starting as young as 15 years old. Latest numbers show that the working population in Mandaluyong City is at 48.89 percent or 174,575.
“We also have a special program where we are involved in youth development. This includes youth placement like the Special Program for Employment of the Students (SPES), Jobstart Philippines Program, and the Government Internship Program (GIP). For some special programs we also have a Job Fair and Skills Registry System, which is an online applicant registry thru Philjob.net. We also conduct a program called Labor Education for Graduating Students (LEGS) in the colleges, and have anti-illegal recruitment campaign activities to prevent illegal recruitment,” she added Javier plans to continue all their current PESO programs with additional activities like HR Summit and livelihood training programs for OFWs and their families. With all of these activities, Javier hopes to offer the best PESO value to the Filipino.