Employment service office opens-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
THE Public Employment Service Office (Peso) has opened at the office of the National Maritime Polytechnic on Thursday.
Labor Undersecretary Circiaco Lagunzad said the putting up the Peso office at the NMP was a “milestone in (its) continuing commitment to better public service to the maritime industry clients.”
NMP Executive Director Forter Puguon said they are glad that seafarers coming from the region or those who have trained at the NMP could now seek employment through the Peso located at their office.
“The major work (of the Peso) is to facilitate employment and serve our seafarers. They don’t need to go to Manila to seek for work,” Puguon said, adding that NMP has about 300 trainees who are all eligible to work as seafarers.
The region has about 50,000 seafarers whose contribution to economy is undeniable, said Ricardo Mionda, PESO officer of the NMP.
Mionda said seafarers estimated national contribution of dollar remittances to the country is between $2 million to $5 million. The country produces 25 percent of the 1.2 million seafarers all over the world.
Mionda said they are coordinating with legitimate recruitment agencies to ensure that those who will avail their services would not fell victims to illegal recruiters.
He also said that even before they formally opened the Peso at the NMP, there were already several trainees who have signified their interests to avail their services. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)