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PESO Pigcawayan’s Institutionalization Journey

How it all started.

LGU PIGCAWAYAN, a first class municipality with a thriving economy that envisions to ecome a center for agro-industrial activities propelled with empowered and globally competitive citizens. The Public Employment Service Office (PESO) played a very important role, as far as empowerment and shifting the mindset of the people of Pigcawayan from being flaccid to becoming proactive. Of course, it didn’t happened overnight.

The success milestone of the PESO Pigcawayan is not just in the context of the creation of the office, the positions and getting appointed but it was in the milieu of the client’s satisfaction of service deliverables of the office, their interaction with the people serving them, the experience they get on how the PESO orchestrate the services, produced the exact desired outcome they expected.

These, made PESO Pigcawayan one of the most credible department of the agency. Its clients grew bigger, it actually made a name for being always dependable. People can rely on PESO, not because of the promises, but because of the trust and transparency that built a strong relationship with its clients having the assurance that PESO will help them get to their destination.

Since 2009, PESO Pigcawayan has indeed come a long way. Many people started to learn more about the Department of Labor and Employment’s programs and services. Some were doubtful if they could really avail of the programs and projects of the DOLE since the history of the local government bears no record of assistance back in the 1990s up until the early 2008 except for the Special Program for the Employment of Students. People has been swayed that government programs are meant for exposure and not for the poor.


Nonetheless, the heart of the PESO is in public service. More than proving its worth, the success of one program to another made a reputable impact in the organization and most importantly in the lives of the program recipients.


It was in the year 2014 when LGU officials began to notice the critical role of PESO in the effective delivery of relevant government services. Prior to the issuance of the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 8759, otherwise known as the PESO Act of 1999, as amended by RA No. 10691, the Sangguniang Bayan of Pigcawayan passed Municipal Ordinance No. 2014-006 but was initially declared invalid, it being ultra vires,by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan through Resolution No. 150 dated March 10, 2015, on the grounds that the establishment, operation and maintenance of the Public Service Employment Service Office (PESO) is beyond the powers of the local government units, rather a primary concern of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The SP declaration invalidating the official act of the 19th Sangguniang Bayan of Pigcawayan did not stop the Pigcawayan PESO from demonstrating consistent performance in an excellent standard. DOLE projects continued to pour beyond people’s expectations. PESO took huge risks, failures embolden it to deliver quality services, and the bigger the risks, the bigger the accomplishments.

Upon the release of Department Order No. 157-16 Series of 2016, the LGU through a resolution of the Sangguniang Bayan, made a representation once again to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the Province of Cotabato to reconsider Ordinance No. 2014-006 previously declared invalid.

Turn of events eventually favored the creation of the PESO through SP Resolution No. 042 – Granting the request of the Sangguniang Bayan, declaring henceforth, subject Municipal Ordinance VALID dated January 31, 2017. On the same year, two (2) Plantilla Positions, Chief Labor and Employment Officer (SG 24) and Labor and Employment Assistant (SG 8) were incorporated in the 2018 budget. On February 1, 2018, said positions were occupied as Honorable Mayor Eliseo D. Garcesa, Jr. appointed Beverly S. Pacete-Yu, MPA and Anna Mae S. Escondida, respectively. (BPU)


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