CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga: The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has announced that out of at least 129,187 applicants ,more than 94,000 found employment in the first half of the year.
The assessment was made during the Central Luzon Public Employment Services Office (PESO) Mid Year Performance Assessment held at the Mimosa Convention Hall, Mimosa Golf and Country Club in Clark Freeport Zone last week.
DOLE Regional Director lawyer Ana Dione said the assessment aims to increase the people’s awareness of agreements made among DOLE regional offices/bureaus.
Dione said that PESO in Central Luzon has achieved high scores in the assessment.
“Aside from the first half of the year, we’ve also included the months of July and August, for the period in review, in order for our PESOs to come up with better strategies in addressing the gaps in attaining its remaining targets for the year,” she explained.
The placement rate is attributed to the intense campaign of the PESOs in promoting employment opportunities to the grassroots in the region.
It was also highlighted that at least 4,516 jobseekers were hired on the spot in 20 region-wide job fairs held during the Labor Day and Independence Day celebrations.
The placement rate achieved by the PESO also surpassed the department’s target of 20 percent placement rate for the recorded hired on the spot applicants during the said job fairs.
On youth employment, some 21,341 poor but deserving students were provided short-term employment opportunities through the Special Program for the Employment of Students.
As of August this year, P39,007,980.40 SPES funds have already been released to the target beneficiaries.
On livelihood and emergency employment provision, some 8,986 marginalized individuals comprising farmers, ambulant vendors, working youths, housewives, and persons with disabilities, were provided livelihood assistance/projects amounting to P19,199,760.00.