Towards institutionalization of PESO

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By Benjie R. Pangan

At Close Range

Sunday, April 20, 2014


THE PRESIDENT of the Regional PESO Managers Federation Inc., (Region III) is Zambales Vice Governor Ramon Lacbain II. He, together with the officers of RPMFI and some Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) officials are batting for the institutionalization of almost all PESO offices in the region.

He wants to meet and talk with the Mabalacat City officials headed by Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales and members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod to start the institutionalization process which involves several steps and phases.

From the starter kit given by Dole, the following pertinent provisions were extracted:

Institutionalization provides the required formal status of a PESO, including the following benefits: a) appropriate legal status provided by local lawmaking body; b) adequate staffing and funding for operations (annual budget appropriations); c) proper training for its personnel (DOLE will invest more for training purposes); d) effective systems, procedures and linkages with markets and private employment service provides; e) set up a network of relevant stakeholders; and f) labor market information (LMI) is set in place which helps planning and monitoring in the area of employment and self-employment.

Most, if not all, of the well-performing PESOs on record have legal status either through a Sanggunian resolution or ordinance which was instrumental in their creation. Consequently, they are able to reap the following benefits: a) they receive funds for their operations; b) they can afford to develop long-term vision, make long-term investments on human resources and network with NGOs, the private sector and other LGUs; the end result is that they perform better.

Institutionalized PESOs who emphasize quality and sustainability of their operations are seen as reliable partners for employment and training services by the political leadership and local employment.

It is about time PESO Mabalacat City is institutionalized, to complement the City as being a component city of the province of Pampanga.

The institutionalization process has two major phases, with each phase involving five steps, which in turn are broken down into talks that would lead to the accomplishment of purpose of each particular step.

Phase 1 (the preparatory phase) includes five steps which result in the passing and adoption of a permanent legal status of the PESO by the Sanggunian.

Phase 2 (setting up of the PESO) subsequently works on institutionalizing and establishing the organizational and managerial capacities of the PESO.

The PESO, upon being given the legal status by the Sanggunian, would stay even if there would be a change in administration.

The Mabalacat City Registrar’s Office is composed of: Victor Terry A. Medina as the City Civil Registrar and assisted by Perla S. Halili, Asst. CCRO; Registration Section-Section head Riza O. Mejia and staff
Onalee G. Tolentino, Marifer J. Sain, Joseph M. Casero, Sheryl D. Yambao, Ronaldo S. Manalac and Cherryl B. Alfonso; Marriage Licensing Section-Section Head Carolina I. Aquino and staff Violeta E. Narciso, Cristina D. Gatchalian; Clerical Errors Section-Section Head Glenda A. Jarin and staff Rona Ann L. Buan, Efren Jr. O. Salta, Rodolfo Dionisio; Records Section-Section Head Evangeline P. Lagman and staff Ma. Theresa D. Zabala, Edwin M. Lozano and Rambo John D. Salangsang.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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