THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 7 is slated to open more DOLE Clinics in Central Visayas next year.

DOLE 7 OIC-Director Cyril L. Ticao said the DOLE Clinic is meant to bring the department’s services closer to the community by offering information, services and referrals to appropriate agencies on matters such as local and overseas employment, entitlements under general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards, labor relations, and livelihood assistance.

The DOLE Clinic is one of the programs of the labor agency, announced early this year, that will be rolled out all over country.

The clinics, according to DOLE, will be stationed inside Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) of local government units nationwide.

On Tuesday, Dole 7 launched the first DOLE Clinic in Central Visayas in the City of Naga in Cebu. “We purposely do this because it is our goal of bringing the DOLE more closely to the community,” Ticao said in a statement.

One of the benefits of creating a DOLE Clinic in the City of Naga meant residents or those living in nearby towns no longer have to travel to the DOLE 7 office in Cebu City to lodge a concern or raise a labor-related issue.

In addition, having a labor clinic in place also meant that “attached agencies will conduct a one-day forum on labor and employment concerns at least once a month, and synchronize with the major activities of local government units,” the DOLE head office said.

At present, DOLE 7 has not yet identified the number of DOLE Clinics to open next year.

“We are trying to launch the program in all PESOs, but of course, the readiness of the PESOs is a big factor. As of now, we cannot give the number for next year. We will still be conducting more advocacies to make this one widely known. Next is to capacitate the PESOs as well,” said DOLE Information Officer Luchel Taniza in an e- mailed statement.

To date, DOLE 7 has conducted DOLE Clinic orientations with the Officers and board of directors of the regional PESO managers in Lapu-Lapu City. The same initiative was also launched with the Cebu Association of PESO Managers (CAPESOM), in Siquijor, and with the Bohol Association of PESO Managers (BAPESOM) in Tagbilaran City, Bohol. There have also been several radio guestings done to disseminate the program to the public. (JOG)