Malilipot Albay- It is signed and already took effect. The very first ever NGO based PESO in Bicol is institutionalized after DOLE-Bicol Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra in a simple but meaningful half day ceremony signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Child Sponsorship for Community Development Inc. (CSCDI) an affiliate of Children’s International on 19 July 2012 at the grounds of CSCDI in Malilipot Albay.
The MOA will establish CSCDI’s as a PESO Office thereby making it as the region’s very first NGO based PESO.
“This is a significant development in the region. Having an NGO as a PESO is a leap of faith for us. This gesture shows us (DOLE) that the private based organizations have realized the importance of the role of the PESO. It means we are on the right track in helping Filipinos find a job” RD Lacamabra said right after his message during the ceremony.
The MOA signing is part of the week long anniversary celebration of the CSCDI which runs from July 15-21, 2012. The CSCDI is known for granting scholarship to less fortunate but deserving children from elementary to college.
Ms. Gigi Ventanilla, CSCDI coordinator said that having been accredited as school-based PESO, they can continue helping their scholars by placing or referring jobs after graduation.
“Parang ito na yung continuity ng programa ng CSCDI. Papag-aralin yung bata simula elementary tapos pagka graduate e kame na din mismo ang maghahanap ng trabaho para sa kanila. Tuloy-tuloy yung assistance. Makakatulong din kame sa DOLE at sa ating gobyernoa pagpapalago ng employment” Ms. Ventanilla said over personal interview.
The MOA Signing was attended by CSCDI Personnel and family scholars, youth, volunteers and stake holders. During the program RD Lacambra also announced the upcoming free IT training project which will be conducted by Informatics Computer Institute Legazpi and Tabaco Branch and is sponsored by DOLE-Bicol in cooperation with AKO Bicol Party List.
“We promote public-private partnership and this is what our beloved president His Excellency Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III’s strategy in program implementation and complementation.” RD Lacambra stressed.
After the PESO MOA signing, DOLE-Albay Field Officer Engr. Arturo P. Corbe made an orientation on Labor rights and relations.
Further, CSCDI Bicol will also co-sponsor DOLE-Bicol’s 3-in-1 advocacy initiative against Child Labor, Illegal Recruitment and Human Trafficking dubbed as I-ReHAS Natin program.
The I-ReHAS program had its soft launching with the unveiling of official tarpaulins reproduced by CSCDI during the event but the highlight launching of the advocacy campaign will be scheduled early August. – fin.