CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – A total of 55,784 qualified job seekers in Central Luzon have found local or overseas employment in the first six months of the year through the various programs offered by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in partnership with the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in the region.
The figure marked a 93 percent placement rate out of the 59,983 applicants for local and overseas employment.
In spite of this achievement, DOLE-3 Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio reminded all PESOs that "providing the best service means compliance with the rules."
“Let us continually serve the public interest. Let us fervently look for the unserved, those that have not yet realized what the government can do for them. Doon po tayo sa ikabubuti ng nakararami (We choose what is good for the many),” Panlilio said in a statement on Tuesday.
She also thanked all PESOs for always working toward the best of the whole region.
“For the next months, I hope to still work with the best people as we find innovative and strategic ways to implement our programs,” Panlilio said.
Meanwhile, DOLE Assistant Regional Director Alejandro Inza Cruz urged PESOs to "go out of the box" and utilize the integrated PhilJobNet and PESO Employment Information System (PEIS) to improve jobseekers’, employers’, and agency partners’ navigation.
“We need to maximize our linkages so that skilled manpower is available in strategic industries as they are needed. In that same manner, we will continue to work to enhance youth employability programs such as the Special Program for Employment of Students, Government Internship Program, and Jobstart through effective employment facilitation programs which will bridge jobseekers’ transition from intern or apprenticeship to employment,” he said.
On the livelihood provision, Lyka Serrano, Labor and Employment Officer III, said some 2,554 individuals in the region were provided with assistance as of July this year.
She said some 98,177 marginalized individuals in the region have benefited from the DOLE’s employment program Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged /Displaced Workers.
Meanwhile, 12,862 poor-but-deserving students were assisted by DOLE through SPES, Serrano added. (PNA)