THE Public Employment Service Office (Peso) of Zamboanga City is now a division under the Office of the City Mayor and is no longer part of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO).

This came after Zamboanga City Mayor John Dalipe signed on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, Ordinance 2022-81, reorganizing and strengthening the Peso in the city pursuant to Republic Act 8759, otherwise known as the Peso Act of 1999.

The City Hall said in a statement Wednesday, October 19, that with the ordinance now enacted, the Peso will have a personnel composition of its own since it is already a division under the Office of the City Mayor.

Peso, as an employment service facility of the government, is tasked to ensure prompt, timely and efficient delivery of employment services under the supervision of the local government unit and the technical support of Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Its institutionalization will enable the office to become more empowered and effective.

The move to institutionalize the Peso was a collaborative effort of the CSWDO-Peso, DOLE-Zamboanga Peninsula Director Roy Buenafe, the City Council led by Vice Mayor Josephine Pareja and Dalipe, who certified the ordinance as urgent.

Approved by the City Council during its 29th regular session on October 3, the ordinance institutionalizing Peso were authored by Councilors Cary John Pioc and Vincent Paul Elago.

Meanwhile, City Budget Officer Geraldine de la Paz said the budget for the hiring of staff and other operational expenses of Peso can be included in the 2023 first supplemental budget.

She said the Peso can continue to function and undertake programs, projects and activities pending the approval of the 2023 first supplemental budget. (SunStar Zamboanga)