Baliwag News Service



PESO Baliwag  officially kicked off its Campus Tour: Capability Development Seminars for College and Grade 12 graduating students at St. Mary’s College of Baliuag last February 19, 2018.  This campus tour comprises of three modules: Pre-Employment Orientation Seminar, Labor Educations for Graduating Students and Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking in Persons Seminar.  PESO Baliwag advocates to bring government services closer to educational institutions especially graduating students who would sooner join the labor force.

The activity was well attended by the Grade 12 students from the following tracks: Accountancy, Business and Management (ABM) , Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and graduating college students from BS Business Administration, Education, and BS Nursing. The event was organized by the Education students with the supervision of Ms. Marita Fiestado, College Dean.

Ms. Jennelyn G. Marcelo, OIC-PESO Manager introduced PESO Baliwag and its core services to the participants giving emphasis to the programs appropriate for them as students such as Special Programs for Employments of Students (SPES), Government Internship Program (GIP), Skills Training and Livelihood Programs.

Mr. Lauro Villanueva – DOLE, Senior Labor and Employment Officer started his discussion by encouraging the students to make the right decision with the career path they will be going. He also encouraged students to follow steps on career planning, from self – exploration, career exploration, career goal setting, and job searching and strategies. Mr. Villanueva also informed them of the government agencies such as PESO and local job fairs and websites that can help them find job openings.

“Hindi pa ito ang katapusan nang inyong pag-aaral, ito pa lang ang simula.” – He added.

In addition, he also discussed the Labor Education for Graduating Students. He started with workers benefits that include the rights such as the appropriate minimum wages per region and sector, computation of holiday and premium pay, prescribed hours of work, and monetary benefits such as leave conversion, 13th month pay, and government benefits.

Anti-Illegal Recruitment and Trafficking in Persons (AIR-TIP) Seminar was discussed by Mr. Villanueva. He started by orienting students with informative guide for interested OFW or OFW wannabe before working abroad. He showed in demand jobs with the countries that they can work at. Students were also able to know documentary and legal requirements such as passport, visa, clearances, tests and medical examinations. In addition, he also covered the fees involved in applying such as legal placement fees or processing fees.

Finally, he mentioned the importance of avoiding fake job offers and scams from illegal recruiters, with the help of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA). He reminded the students to take the necessary precautions when processing job applications abroad especially for first timers. Lastly, he shared his tips on how to spot fake job offers by checking name of the company and the POEA license number thru their website.

A successful and informative day indeed! Rest assured that PESO will continue this advocacy to increase students’ chances in getting their first job.

The whole PESO team would like to extend our gratitude to Ms. Marita G. Fiestada and the Education department for organizing this event.

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