THE Municipal Government of Consolacion, northern Cebu will soon have an institutionalized Public Employment Service Office (Peso) after the proposed ordinance requesting it was approved on third and final reading.

Municipal Councilor Leo Napuli, who authored of the ordinance, told SunStar Cebu on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022, that the proposal was approved on Nov. 17 during their regular session.

Napuli, who chairs the Municipal Council’s committees on Labor and Employment and Human Resources and Development, said he created this ordinance to ensure quick, timely and orderly delivery of employment services for all job seekers in the town.

He said Consolacion already has an existing employment office but it was not adopted by the Municipal Government, as “its powers, functions and staffing pattern are not well defined.”

He said that based on the assessment of the current situation, there are insufficient measures to create livelihood activities or coordinate with those employment agencies that can provide job opportunities because there is no designated official department for it.

Under the proposal, the municipal Peso will provide employment opportunities for all residents of Consolacion; strengthen the existing municipal employment facilitation service machinery, particularly at the barangay level; and provide a venue where job seekers can explore various employment options and seek the type of assistance they prefer, among others.

The department will also be in charge of pre-qualification and screening of job applicants, data banking for job seekers and employers (both local and overseas), job-matching services for local and overseas employment and conducting periodic job fairs within the municipality.

Positions opened

Napuli said the soon-to-be-established department will need at least four plantilla (permanent) positions. There will be one Peso manager (salary grade 4), employment officer (salary grade 11), labor and employment assistant (salary grade 8) and admin aide III (salary grade 3).

He said hiring will immediately resume once the Provincial Board approves the ordinance, but as early as now, interested applicants may inquire at the Municipal Human Resource Office.

“We would also need JOs (job order employees), but the number of people would depend on the LCE’s (local chief executive) discretion,” said Napuli.

He said if the proposed ordinance is already implemented, more work opportunities will be available in Consolacion because there is an official sector that can focus on it.

Section 3 of Republic Act (RA) 8759, as amended by RA 10691, otherwise known as “Public Employment Service Office Act of 1999,” provides for the establishment of a Peso, which shall be operated and maintained by local government units. (HIC)