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CALABARZON EMPLOYMENT OFFICES INNOVATE DELIVERY OF SERVICES AMID COVID-19

ONBOARD. New FoodPanda drivers in the City of Bacoor receive their starter kits from the Local Government Unit. The partnership with the City of Bacoor and FoodPanda provides income for the displaced tricycle drivers. Photo courtesy of PIO Bacoor City.

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – Some Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in the local government units revitalized the delivery of employment facilitation and job generation in their respective localities.

 

DOLE Calabarzon Regional Director Henry John S. Jalbuena expressed his utmost commendations to the PESO Managers and their respective local chief executives for their out-of-the-box ideas in delivering enhanced and improved employment service suitable for the current situation.

 

“We are in awe to the brilliant men and women of PESOs in the Calabarzon Region for their creativity and innovations for the continuous delivery of employment services in the midst of our battle against Covid-19 pandemic. These services are needed more than ever especially now that many members of our labor force are affected due to the stringent community quarantine,” Director Jalbuena said.

 

Some of the innovations emerged in the Region is the partnership of the City of Bacoor with food delivery service app Food Panda that benefitted displaced tricycle drivers.

 

Bacoor PESO Manager Dr. Abraham de Castro reported that the said partnership helped some 165 tricycle drivers whose incomes are lost due to the suspension of public transportation.

 

“The City Government of Bacoor, with the guidance of our Mayor Lani Mercado-Revilla, signed a memorandum of agreement with Food Panda for the enrollment of the displaced tricycle drivers in the delivery service platform. With the endorsement of PESO Bacoor, the joining fee has been waived for the newly enrolled drivers. Starter kits containing thermal bags and uniforms were also provided free of charge as part of their onboarding procedures,” de Castro shared.

 

Photo courtesy of PIO Bacoor City.

Partnerships with other delivery service providers such as Joy Ride and Happy Move are also in place to accommodate more displaced drivers. Some 36 of them have already onboarded and expected to generate at least 200 more slots in the coming days.

 

Orientations and trainings were provided as well to enhance the capacities of the driver-beneficiary in terms of using the app and some financial management tips. According to de Castro, the said partnership is expected to regain and enhance the income of the displaced drivers up to Php 25,000.00 monthly to sustain the needs of their families, adding that “we are expecting more displaced drivers to benefit from the partnerships as slots are still open. We likewise hope that this could be a benchmark of employment generation not only in Cavite but in the whole region as well.”

 

Meanwhile, the City of Batangas launched their Online Huntahan which provides an avenue for recently graduated college students to enhance their employability skills.

 

“Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, PESO Batangas City responded to the challenge posed by our Mayor Beverly Rose Dimacuha in relation to employment facilitation. While many programs of the national government, including the DOLE, are shelved, many of our constituents are affected including workers and students. It is the reason why we launched this online employment coaching webinar to still cater our services to the community,” PESO Manager Noel Silang said.

 

In her opening remarks, Mayor Dimacuha said that we cannot go back to the normal but rather noted that “the new normal in terms of job-hunting consist of online job search, remote interviews, and work from home scenarios. What is important is to adjust our job-hunting strategies. We have to be adaptable and motivated in finding work despite this unprecedented condition.”

 

Batangas City PESO partnered with schools and universities in their locality to encourage their students watch online. With invited resource persons, the 2-hour webinar catered tips and strategies on effective resume writing and ace on job interviews which will equip fresh graduates and graduating students to land on their first job. With more than 10,000 views, streaming of the webinar is still possible through the Batangas City PESO and Batangas PIO Facebook pages.

 

The use of various online platforms is also explored in the delivery of recruitment activities due to continuous operations of some industries in the region. This triggers the enhancement of the PESO E-Plus, an initiative of the Municipality of Carmona.

 

“PESO Carmona started this innovative strategy in 2014 and continuously being used until before the pandemic. We realized that it has become more relevant nowadays as we continue to provide jobs despite these challenging times,” Edwin Tolentino of PESO Carmona reported.

 

PESO Carmona E-Plus has the capacity for the employers to post their job vacancies. Jobseekers can also register themselves online, search for jobs and request for referral letter. At present, various opportunities are posted in the PESO Carmona E-Plus from manufacturing, banking and finance, sales and electronic industries. The said platform is accessible at http://pesoplus.carmona.gov.ph.

 

Apart from that, PESO Carmona launched their BEST Tambayan mobile app where skills for manual labor and home repair service works are posted including contact numbers of the laborers.

 

Likewise, an online employment hub in Facebook is being used as a job-hunting tool in the Province of Laguna. Led by the Provincial PESO, the Laguna Employment Hub provides a social media-based job search facility where employers and jobseekers can meet in one online platform. Employment assistance programs are likewise in place in the City of Binan which caters localized emergency employment program for their affected constituents.

 

“We hope that these innovations will serve as inspiration and encourage other local employment service offices as they follow suit in job generation and innovative delivery of employment facilitation for our employers and jobseekers, and recover the income-earning capacity of the Calabarzon labor force,” Director Jalbuena remarked.

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2020-06-26
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