The DOLE Nueva Vizcaya Field Office (NVFO), in fulfillment to the role of the DOLE Regional Offices as the implementers of RA 10691 amending RA 8759 (otherwise known as the PESO Act of 1999), intensifies its advocacy activities in the institutionalization of PESOs by partnering with the broadcast media in the province of Nueva Vizcaya.
RA 10691 was signed into law by former President Aquino on October 26, 2015 during the conduct of the 15th PESO National Congress held at the PICC in Pasay City. Its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) was issued through DOLE Department Order 157 – 16 on June 22, 2016 and took effect on July 13, 2016 after its publication on June 27, 2016.
The PESO objective is to ensure prompt, timely and efficient delivery of full- cycle employment services, employment referral and information center for DOLE and other government agencies. It also makes data and information on employment matters accessible and establishes linkages with other PESOs for job exchange and other employment related services. Likewise, it provides information on other DOLE programs and services.
Focusing to the LGU stakeholders to be piloted in institutionalizing their LGU PESOs in the province, the PESO focal person at the NVFO initiates the presentation of the program to the members of the Municipal Council in each municipality in the province. Taking into consideration the passing or approval of a Municipal Ordinance to legitimize the institutionalization of a PESO, they were provided with important information regarding legal bases so that they will be equipped with appropriate knowledge on the procedures in processing the institutionalization of PESOs in their respective LGUs.
The history of the PESO, the implementation of the employment facilitation program before and after the enactment of the Local Government Code including the enactment of the PESO Law were discussed giving emphasis on the salient features of the IRR of said PESO Act. The information enabled each member of the municipal councils to grasp a complete understanding on the processes involved in institutionalizing a PESO.
Meanwhile, DOLE NVFO OIC Engr. Joseph B. Sales, announced that the LGUs of Santa Fe, Aritao, Bayombong, Kayapa, Dupax del Sur, Kasibu and the provincial LGU of Nueva Vizcaya have undergone already with the briefing. In addition, all LGUs in the province were provided already with the PESO Institutionalization proposal to serve as their reference in pushing through with the proposed institutionalization of their PESOs.
Other LGUs in the province also showed their cooperation and interest in the program by giving a slot to the DOLE NVFO in presenting the program to the honorable members of their respective municipal councils during one of the regular session.
by Gerardo M. Nicolas/DOLE NVFO