Gov. Florencio T. Miraflores acknowledged efforts of the provincial government and other national government agencies for their contribution to local employment generation and for undertaking programs aimed to enhance employment opportunities and sources of livelihood.
Miraflores first acknowledged the contribution of the province-run Public Service Employment Office (PESO) for assisting 251 applicants to be able to be employed in local jobs and for sending 54 Aklanon jobseekers for employment abroad.
The governor also cited efforts of the PESO to reestablish the satellite office of the National Bureau of Investigation in Aklan, to include the deployment of mobile passporting unit of the Department of Foreign Affairs to help and facilitate the needs of those seeking employment. Increasing the number of slots in the summer jobs for students is also considered, he said.
Miraflores likewise added that along with Special Program for the Employment of Students, are the consistent scholarship program of the province given to poor but deserving students and to the family members of the Overseas Filipino Workers.
He also praised the Technical Education Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for causing the graduation of 3,747 students and from those graduates, a total of 2,520 had already found gainful employment. Of the number, 1,591 Aklanon students were TESDA scholars with tuition fees worth P17.6 million and financial assistance of P2.2 million.
The governor also noted the 1,827 jobs generated by the Department of Trade and Industry last year in promoting and developing some 452 micro, small and medium enterprises in the province engaging in businesses utilizing indigenous resources of Aklan.
This information is part of the State of the Province Address (SOPA) of Gov. Miraflores delivered during the 4th Regular Session of the 16th Sangguniang Panlalawigan on February 5, 2014. /MP