a ratifying State to ILO Convention 88, the Philippines is
mandated to create and maintain a free employment service
which shall consist of a national system of employment offices
under the direction of a national authority.
is religiously being carried out by the Department of Labor
and Employment through the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE).
1952 - Creation
of the National Employment Service (NES) under the Department
of Labor and Employment by virtue of Republic Act 761 which
operationalizes employment service in the country.
1957 - A
government reorganization took place and the NES was dissolved
to give way to the Office of Manpower Services (OMS).
- A major breakthrough came with the promulgation of Presidential
Decree 442, otherwise known as the Labor Code of the Philippines.
The Bureau of Employment Services (BES) was created as a line
Bureau concerned with both local and overseas employment functions.
and widening its network, the BES established forty two (42)
Public Employment Offices (PEOs) in various regions with the
Central Office in Manila overseeing all activities.
1982 - The
year 1982 saw the employment service experiencing structural
changes as a result of Executive Order No. 797. The local
employment functions of the BES, including the functions of
the defunct Bureau of Apprenticeship (BA) were absorbed by
the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE).
1987 - A decentralization policy by virtue of Administrative
Order No. 186 was put into force, delegating BLE's line functions
to the Regional Offices of the Department of Labor and Employment.
1994 - The
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)
was created under RA 7796 (TESDA Act of 1994) which absorbed
the Apprenticeship functions of the Bureau of Local Employment.
Eleven (11) personnel of the Bureau were transferred to TESDA.
1999 - Republic
Act 8759 was enacted institutionalizing a National Facilitation
Service Network thru the establishment of Public Employment
Service Offices (PESOs) in every province, key cities and
other strategic areas. PESO is a non-fee charging multi-employment
service facility or entity. This also serves as an information
hub on labor market and employment programs of the DOLE and
other entities. The administration of the PESOs is lodged
with the Bureau of Local Employment.