DOLE cites mid-year achievements

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Saturday, June 28, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon Office (DOLE-3) headed by Director Ana Dione in a statement on Friday disclosed the agency’s accomplishments and gains for the first semester of 2014.

During the 2014 PESO Mid-Year Planning Assessment held at Subic Bay Freeport, Dione reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the P8 million livelihood assistance under the DoLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), covering developmental programs such as the DOLE Nego Karts, Kabuhayan Starter KITS, TUPAD, DOLE-DOST Convergence Program, Youth Employment Service (YES), and Workers Income Augmentation Program (WIN-AP), benefited some 3,466 marginalized individuals comprised of farmers, ambulant vendors, housewives, working youths, persons with disabilities, and other informal workers.

Dione also noted that Public Employment Services Offices or PESOs, through private recruitment placement agencies were instrumental in facilitating the placement of 85,581 jobseekers, representing an 80 percent placement rate of 107,447 referred applicants. To date, a total of 2,030 jobseekers were already hired on the spot registering a placement rate of 23.31 percent of the 8,707 qualified applicants, she added.

In terms of youth empowerment, Dione disclosed that 13,136 poor but deserving students were provided with short-term employment opportunities under the DoLE’s Special Program for the Employment of Students. As of May 2014, P5 million SPES funds, representing government’s 40 percent share in salaries of SPES beneficiaries have already been released.

The implementation of the DoLE’s Government Internship Program, she said, already placed 1,072 youth beneficiaries, composed of college graduates and undergraduates, tech-voch graduates, and high school graduates, that will work for six months in various local government units, barangay offices, public schools, and other government agencies.

Also highlighted were the PESOs’ efforts in providing current trends in the labor market through the conduct of 145 Career and Employment Guidance and Coaching to 29,009 graduating high school students from 109 secondary schools.

“I would like to thank and commend the entire Central Luzon PESO Family, through the support of the RPMFI (Regional PESO Managers Federation Inc.), for being instrumental in providing more job and livelihood opportunities for our people here in Region 3. More than just a home of ‘Hall of Famers,’ we should not remain complacent, rather, we should continue to find ways of further improving the delivery of our programs and services to our people,” Dione said.

“I urge everyone to bring our programs and services closer to our clients, make them feel our presence each and every way we can. If we cannot immediately provide them their immediate needs, let’s give them the right and useful information to help them. Remember, our clients value the little things we do in easing their burdens. Let us continue to walk our talk in serving our people,” she furthered.

This year’s mid-year assessment was facilitated by the DoLE-3, RPMFI and the Provincial Government of Zambales, and was attended by some 160 delegates from 120 PESOs, plus Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane, Vice-Governor/RPMFI president/Zambales PESO Manager Ramon Lacbain II, Provincial Administrator Jun Omar Ebdane, Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino, SBMA representative Fernando De Villa, and RPMFI past president Beth Alonzo.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 29, 2014.

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