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Main Functions of PESO:

  1. The PESO shall provide LMI services. For this purpose it shall:
  • Market and promote its services, through all forms of media, to all its labor market clients;
  • Obtain a list of Job vacancies from employers at least on a monthly basis or as the need may arise, and require them to register and be accredited in the DOLE’s Phil-JobNet;
  • Generate and maintain an updated registry of skills;
  • Gather, collate, and process/analyze data or information on employment and investment trends, emerging markets, particularly labor supply and demand, and disseminate such data or information to labor market clients; and
  • Provide information on licensed or authorized, blacklisted, suspended or cancelled private employment agencies and recruiters for local and overseas employment, and registered or delisted job contractors and subcontractors.
  1. The PESO shall provide referral and placement services for local and overseas as well as private and public employment in accordance with existing policies, rules and regulations, it shall:
  • Undertake active sourcing of job vacancies;
  • Evaluate qualifications of jobseekers in relation to wage employment options;
  • Refer job seekers for appropriate employment assistance and monitor the result of such referrals; and
  • Institute measures to ensure that recruitment and placement services, both for local and overseas, are in accordance with existing laws, rules and regulations.
  1. The PESO shall provide career advocacy and employment coaching services. It may partner with other service providers in the delivery of the following:
  • Conduct pre-employment coaching, including values development and enhancement of work ethics, to prospective local and overseas jobseekers;
  • Administer/conduct talent/skills assessment for jobseekers;
  • Undertake employability enhancement trainings or seminars for jobseekers as well as those intending to change careers or enhance their employability; and
  • Conduct orientation and training to perspective local and overseas jobseekers regarding rules and regulations on anti-illegal recruitment and human trafficking.
  1. The PESO shall facilitate the implementation and/or provision of livelihood and self-employment programs and services, is shall;
  • Maintain and provide updated directory of government and non-government institutions with existing livelihood and self-employment programs, including the directory of lending institutions;
  • Determine clients for interest for livelihood and self-employment undertaking;
  • Refer clients for appropriate livelihood and self-employment/assistance and monitor the result of referral; and
  • In coordination with DOLE Regional Coordinating Council (DOLE-RCC), facilitate the implementation of livelihood and self-employment programs and services.

Other Functions of PESO:

  1. In coordination with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NCRO), the PESO shall assist in providing re-integration assistance services to returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
  2. The PESO shall prepare and submit to the respective local Sanggunian or Council, through the LGU Committee on Labor and Employment, an annual employment plan and corresponding budget requirements including other regular funding sources and budgetary support of the PESO. It shall:
  • Conduct an annual planning session to provide a basis for setting priorities, define objectives for a 12- month period, and to design strategies and programs to meet them.
  • Prepare detailed budgetary requirements, present the same to the local Chief Executive who will submit it to the Local Sanggunian, for approval.
  1. Coordinate and promote the adoption of enrolled youth work programs such as SPES and GIP pursuant to Executive order no. 139 through Kabataan 2000 under the Office of the President as implemented by the DOLE and other agencies based on existing laws, rules and regulations. The PESO shall likewise encourage qualified employers to participate in the program.
  2. The PESO shall likewise perform other functions analogous to the above including programs or activities developed by the DOLE to enhance provision of employment assistance to clients, particularly for special groups of disadvantaged workers such as persons with disabilities (PWDs) and displaced workers.


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