In a bid to make employment and livelihood facilitation closer to the countryside, all barangays in Tacurong City heeded the call to create their Barangay Public Employment Service Offices, thus giving the city the distinction of being first in Region 12 to do so.
Barangay San Pablo paved the way in institutionalizing its PESO in October 2020, which made it eligible to receive P800 thousand livelihood grant from the Department of Labor and Employment 12.
In February 2020, Barangay Rajah Muda followed the lead of San Pablo and also created its Barangay PESO.
Rajah Muda’s initiative paved way for it to receive P465 thousand funding for emergency employment under the DOLE Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).
In a span of seven months, all barangays in the city have been able to pass their respective council resolutions to institutionalize Barangay PESO.
DOLE 12, appreciating Tacurong City’s initiative on the employment facilitation front, formalized its commitment to support the barangays by entering into a tripartite Memorandum of Agreement with the city LGU and the barangays.
The creation of Baragay PESOs also got strong backing from the Sangguniang Panlungsod through the passage of various legislations in support to the institutionalization.
The City PESO had also been instrumental by coming up with the idea of Barangay PESO institutionalization and helped in lobbying for the support of the Sanggunian and most importanly, the local chief Executive.
PESO Manager Allan Freno said that this milestone will not materialize without the support of DOLE 12, the city leadership, and the barangay councils.
Meanwhile, Mayor Angelo Montilla expects that the creation of Barangay PESOs will provide bigger employment and livelihood access to the marginalized and informal sector workers in the countryside.
“We are grateful to the barangays for heeding the call to operationalize their PESOs. This accomplishment was made special after knowing that we are the first in the region to do it”, Mayor Angelo Montilla said.
Meanwhile, DOLE Provincial Head Mary Jane Hoksuan said that first in the agency’s to-do-list is to conduct a Basic Employment Service Training to all Barangay PESO Coordinators to capacitate them with knowledge on how how to operationalize the PESO. (LGU Information)