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THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported today that they have asked the local government units (LGUs) to establish an institutionalized Public Employment Service Office (PESO) so that they can qualify for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award starting this year.

DOLE said this is in line with the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) adoption of the DOLE’s recommendation to include the institutionalization of the PESO and hiring of designated PESO managers in the Social Protection and Sensitivity criteria of the SGLG.

The SGLG gives recognition to the good performance of the provincial, city, and municipal governments in financial housekeeping and other areas that directly benefit the people. It is also considered the most sought-after award for LGUs.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello lauded DILG’s decision, saying that the inclusion of the new criteria will scale up the parameters of the seal.

This is yet another milestone in DOLE’s efforts to improve and strengthen the capacities of PESOs and to fully institutionalize all 1,592 PESOs nationwide,” Bello said.

The labor chief also added that this development will not only help PESO managers secure resources for their daily operation but will also highlight the importance of employment facilitation in the overall well-being of LGUs.

Complemented by the recent publication of the official PESO Qualification Standards and the impending increase in the internal revenue allotment of LGUs, this development moves us even closer to realizing our vision of providing equal employment opportunities across the nation,” Bello further said.

Under Republic Act 11292 or the Seal of Good Local Governance Act of 2019, LGUs are assessed under 10 governance areas, particularly Financial Preparedness and Sustainability; Disaster Preparedness; Social Protection and Sensitivity; Health Compliance and Responsiveness; Sustainable Education; Business Friendliness and Competitiveness; Safety, Peace and Order; Environmental Management; Tourism, Heritage Development, Culture and Arts; and Youth Development.

In order to effect the institutionalization of the PESO, the DILG recently issued Memorandum Circular No. 042, series of 2021, adding this area of governance in assessing LGUs to qualify for the annual awards.

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