DOLE, PESOMAP honor champions in employment facilitation at 2013 Best PESO Awards

The ‘best and brightest’ stars of 2013 in the firmament of public employment services, embodied by the country’s network of Public Employment Service Offices, or PESOs, once again, have been honored and recognized.

The recognition occurred at the Best PESO Awards Night the other day at the 2014 National PESO Congress, ongoing at the KCC Convention Center in General Santos City. Rep.

Karlo Alexei Nograles (1st District, Davao City) was the guest of honor at the Awards Night, with Rep. Manny Pacquiao appearing on stage shortly before to deliver a statement of support to the PESO Managers Association of the Philippines, or PESOMAP, formerly PESOPHIL.

“You are our partners and allies and as such, we recognize your achievements and performance as frontline conduits of the government’s employment facilitation programs and services,” said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.

The Search for the Best PESO is an annual activity that recognizes the significant contributions and outstanding accomplishments of PESOs in the implementation of DOLE employment facilitation programs. The Search culminates in the Best PESO Awards Night, the most anticipated highlight of every National PESO Congress, including this 14th Congress, which the DOLE Regional Office No. 12 under the leadership of Regional Director Ofelia Domingo is hosting.

Baldoz said the strong network of 1,887 established PESOs, 326 of them already institutionalized, has assisted 1.26 million and placed 700,000 jobseekers in the first semester of the 2014.

“I am confident that our strong partnership will lead us to achieve more in the remaining two months of the year,” she said.

“Aees; 3rd-4th Class Municipality, nine nominees; 5th-6th Class Municipality, two nominees; and Educational Institution/Non-governmental Organization/Community-based Organization, five nominees.

The following have been declared winners in each category:

(1) First Class Province—Region 1, Provincial PESO of Pangasinan, headed by PESO Manager Alex Ferrer and Governor Amado Espino;

(2) Second Class Province—Region 3, Provincial PESO of Zambales under PESO Manager Ramon Lacbain II, also Vice Governor, and Governor Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr.;

(3) Third Class Province—Region 8, Provincial PESO of Southern Leyte under PESO Manager Norman Victor Ordiz and Governor Damian Mercado;

(4) Highly Urbanized City—Region 11, PESO Davao City under PESO Manager Lilibeth Pantinople and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte;

(5)  Component City—Region 11, PESO Tagum City under PESO Manager Rogeneth Pagdilao-Llanos and Mayor Allan Rellon;

(6) 1st-2nd Class Municipality—Region 3, PESO Masinloc, Zambales under PESO Manager Josephine Barcena and Mayor Desiree Edora;

(7) 3rd-4th Class Municipality—Region 2, PESO Cordon, Isabela under PESO Manager Emerson Saldivar and Mayor Laurencio Zuniega;

(8) 5th-6th Class Municipality—CARAGA, PESO Tagana-an, Surigao del Norte under PESO Manager Janecito Jalbo and Mayor Cesar Diaz; and

(9) Educational Institution/Non-governmental Organization/Community-based Organization—Region 11, University of Mindanao under PESO Manager Alicia Sulayon and School Director Fely Rabaca.

All the winners in this year’s Awards received a plaque and a cash prize of P50,000 each. The PESOs of Zambales, Southern Leyte, and Davao City, having received awards before, were elevated to the PESO Hall of Fame. Each of the three PESOs received a plaque and cash prize of P100,000.

The DOLE also conferred the Secretary’s Award to former PESOPhil President Elizabeth Alonzo for exemplary performance and accomplishments in supporting the DOLE’s thrusts and advocacies in employment facilitation.

Alonzo’s Secretary’s Award also recognized and appreciated her exemplary leadership as PESO Manager of Bulacan, and of her untiring service as Best Human Resource Practitioner in public service.

The PESOs nominated for the 2013 Awards were regional winners chosen by their respective Regional Best PESO Search Committees. The local search committees were composed of the DOLE Regional Director, as Chairman, and the Technical Support Services Division Chief, Regional Employment Focal Person, Regional Federation President, as members and Department of Interior and Local Government, as the Regional Development Council Representative.

At the national level, the Best PESO Awards Committee is composed of Undersecretary Reydeluz Conferido as Chairman, and Assistant Secretary Katherine Brimon; BLE Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay; and BLE OIC-Division Chief Victor Oliver and the BLE Employment Service and Program Division, as members.

The selection process in the Search for Best PESOs involves five stages: (1) checking of entries as to completeness of requirements and supporting documents; (2) cross-checking of documents submitted and the corresponding points awarded by the DOLE Regional Offices per item; (3) validation of activities as contained in the submissions; (4) confirmation of points awarded to nominees; and (5) confirmation of points awarded to nominees.

As guest of honor and speaker, Rep. Nograles said: “It is easy for all of us to understand and appreciate that if we could only find decent work for all of our countrymen, then what a great and peaceful nation we will be. So to the hardworking men and women of PESOs nationwide, our work continues.”

“Let us take each day as a new opportunity to create more good and to be of better service to our country. Together, we shall continue our mandate of service to our people and trust that our hard work, passion, and commitment will one day bear fruit and benefit those we hold dear the most–the Filipino people,” he added.

On her part, Secretary Baldoz challenged the PESOs “to further strengthen their role in facilitating decent and productive jobs for the country to achieve inclusive growth.”

“I challenge all PESOs to unite and renew your commitment for the cause of improving the lives of our people through timely and effective delivery of services. Let us all work together towards our common goal of attaining decent and gainful employment for all,” she said.

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