DoLE bureau to help DSWD beneficiaries find employment

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THE Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) said it will assist beneficiaries of a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) program to find work, in accordance with a partnership signed between the DSWD and the BLE’s parent agency, the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE).

In an interview with BusinessWorld, BLE Director Dominique R. Tutay said that BLE will play a role in the agreement signed between the two departments in finding jobs for the beneficiaries, who are among the country’s poorest.

“The agreement intends to facilitate the employment of the graduates of DSWD,” she said.

She said participants in the DSWD’s Expanded Students Grant-In-Aid Program for Poverty Alleviation (ESGP-PA) and beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) have a more difficult time than other jobseekers and there is a need to improve their access to job-seeking services.

“They are in the poorest of the poor and they don’t have access at all, not even access to employment facilitation services,” Ms. Tutay said.

Ms. Tutay added that the BLE’ will provide career guidance, create a registry of the graduates, and give them access to the PESO Employment Information System (PEIS).

In 2018, the 4Ps program covered 4 million households nationwide. The program aims to give conditional cash grants to those below the poverty threshold, especially to children aged 18 and below.

On the other hand, the ESGP-PA grants its beneficiaries college education assistance and scholarships, with some 22,000 ESGP-PA graduating this year. — Gillian M. Cortez