The COVID-19 crisis with its unparalleled disruption in the labor market is far from over.  As the persisting effects of the viral pandemic materialize, the disruptive aftermaths in the Philippine labor market landscape widens. For one, the Philippines is under a fragile state of unemployment and this is particularly challenging for the youth. Fresh graduates would find it more difficult to find employment, prolonging the length of school-to-work transition. In turn, the quest of duty-bearers to come up with innovative programs aligned with the “new normal” would be essential.

 With this goal in mind, the City Government of Muntinlupa through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO) together with the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) MUNTAPARLAS Field Office partners with the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa (PLMun) to create a Job Placement Office (JPO) that would support the school-to-work transition of more than 2,000 enrollees and graduating students for the School Year 2020-2021.

On October 26, 2020, PESO Muntinlupa Manager Glenda Z. Aniñon spearheaded a consultation meeting to discuss the creation of a Job Placement Office (JPO) in the PLMun Campus together with Leonides P. Castillon Jr., DOLE-NCR MUNTAPARLAS Field Office Director; Dr. Ellen E. Presnedi, PLMun University President; Melonie D. Mater, Head of Office of the Student’s Affairs; Atty. Betty R. Pizaña, University Legal Secretary; and Ma. Rosario M. Magboo, RPm, Career Guidance and Counseling Division Head, PESO.

Against the backdrop of the employment world’s uncertainties due to the current health crisis, the establishment of a JPO would afford enhanced support to students by providing them better access to labor market information (LMI), increased awareness of the job market and employment opportunities, as well as provision of technical and skills training. 

“With the JPO, PLMun can easily monitor the student’s transition from school-to-work. Graduates will be able to work immediately once they finished college,” said Director Castillon, Jr.

Under said partnership, there would be a more holistic approach in the implementation of PESO and DOLE programs and services for the students of PLMun. The JPO, the City Government of Muntinlupa, and DOLE will be able to deliver multi-dimensional employment services such as but not limited to: (1) Labor Market Information, (2) Job Referral and Placement; (3) Labor Education for Graduating Students (LEGS); (4) JobStart Life Skills Training Program, and (5) Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES).

Aniñon ensured that the PESO will continuously provide prompt and efficient delivery of employment facilitation to Muntinlupeños and intensify their advocacy themed: “Sa PESO may disenteng trabaho sa bawat tao.” 

DOLE-NCR MUNTAPARLAS Field Office hoped that the success of the JPO creation in the PLMun campus would create a positive ripple effect to help benchmark the same initiative to more schools in Muntinlupa as it would be an effective and timely approach to accelerate the DOLE’s mandate of a widespread and well-organized delivery of employment services and programs in time of pandemic.

END / Christinne Jeremiah Torrecampo