Anticipating the influx of workers who are starting to evacuate disaster-stricken areas after Typhoon Yolanda, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the Department is making its array of services, particularly its employment services, ‘within the reach’ of those who need them most.
Towards this end, she issued an instruction yesterday to all DOLE regional directors in areas spared by Typhoon Yolanda's fury to be ready to accommodate with DOLE programs and services displaced workers who may have fled to their areas of jurisdiction.
"Prioritize them for vacant jobs and in other employment and livelihood opportunities," she instructed.
“Every DOLE regional office, agency, and bureau should be ready to exhaust all means in reaching out and in delivering Department’s programs and services that would best fit the needs of our workers. Work closely with partner-agencies, as well as with Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in fast-tracking the packaging DOLE's employment and livelihood assistance," she added.
According to Baldoz, the country's 1,887 PESOs should assist the workers in registering them to their database and in the Phil-Jobnet, the government's online job search and job-skill matching facility.
“I would want our PESOs and regional offices to serve as one-stop centers for
employment services, like job referral and placement assistance; career profiling and coaching; livelihood assistance; and entrepreneurial and productivity training. Make these programs more accessible to the affected workers,” Baldoz said.
She also instructed DOLE regional offices to be lenient in the required documents for workers and employers coming from typhoon-stricken areas.
"They have braved the fury of a super-typhoon, lost their homes, and lost their jobs, and the least we can do is burden them with documentary requirements. What they need now is our immediate assistance, the processing of documents may come later," she said.
She advised workers to visit the PESO office in their new locality and check the list of job vacancies and ask for PESO referral. They should also inquire on the upcoming job fair schedules and other announcements from private recruitment and placement agencies (PRPAs) to avoid illegal recruiters.
The PESOs, as front-line offices, also provide job bridging and referral to shorten the job search period both for professional and skilled, or technical-vocational, workers/graduates.
Baldoz also urged workers staying in typhoon-hit areas to also check on their respective PESO the status of their employer and/or establishment if it is still operational.
Those who want to venture into self-employment are advised to seek the help of the PESO and/or DOLE regional office for the provision of skills training and livelihood assistance.
For employers who may need workers, Baldoz advised them to visit the PESOs as these could recommend and help them find the workers who satisfy their requirements. They may also ask PESO assistance in locating their employees who may have been affected by the calamity.
"PESOs can provide "skills map" to the companies after registering in the Phil-JobNet.
An updated directory of PESO offices across the regions can be accessed at the DOLE’s Bureau of Local Employment website at http://ble.dole.gov.ph/pesodir.asp
Baldoz said she expects the exodus of workers from Eastern Visayas--composed of Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Western Samar provinces, other areas in Central Visayas, Southern Tagalog, and Western Visayas--after Typhoon Yolanda laid to waste business establishments and people's livelihoods.