Surprise guest is Rep. Manny Pacquiao
General Santos City hosts 14th National PESO Congress; 700 PESO managers, local chief executives expected to attend

It’s all systems go for the 14th National Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Congress scheduled at the KCC Mall Convention & Event Center in General Santos City on 22-24 October. The event is hosted and organized by the PESO Managers Association of the Philippines (PESOMAP), formerly PESOPHIL, Inc., headed by Vissia Marie P. Aldon.

On the eve of the Congress, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said she had received a report that a big number of local chief executives are attending the Congress, including surprise guest Congressman Manny Pacquiao of Sarangani.

“We have several top elected officials who have been very supportive of the PESO confirming their attendance, with Senator Sonny Angara and Rep. Alexei Karlo Nograles heading the list. Gov. Ismael Mangudadatu of Maguindanao will also be there, and General Santos City Mayor Ronnel C. Rivera of the host city also coming,” said Baldoz.

Baldoz, who is to deliver the keynote address to the Congress as representative of President Benigno S. Aquino III, lauded the efforts of the PMAP officials and its network of PESOs nationwide for sustaining the vigor of Public Employment Service Offices as the DOLE’s valuable partners and allies in delivering employment facilitation services.

This year’s theme, “PESO for the ASEAN Integration, 2015 and beyond,” aims to prepare the PESOPhil Network to effectively and efficiently face the opportunities and challenges presented by the ASEAN integration.

“In today’s globally-competitive economy buffeted by a constant barrage of changes in the labor market and by drastic shifts in labor supply and demand, I truly believe that the DOLE can only be able to successfully address such changes and challenges if we have a strong institutional partners and supporters which are the PESOs,” Baldoz said.

Since she assumed office in 2010, Baldoz has not failed to attend and participate in the annual National PESO Congress.

“It is proof of my abiding faith and strong belief in the Public Employment Service Office as a DOLE ally and partner in promoting productive and decent work for all,” Baldoz said.

The annual PESO Congress is a venue for PESO managers to learn, exchange ideas, and showcase best practices on employment facilitation.

The Congress has for its objective the development of an environment for its component members that is conducive to strengthening the PESO’s capacity to provide valuable contributions toward productive employment facilitation; create learning opportunities for drawing new insights for better employment services at the grassroots level occasioned by the changing environment; and promote stronger camaraderie and cooperation among the officers and members.

At the three-day Congress, participants will be immersed in continuous plenary sessions showcasing the PESO’s proposed roadmap to greater effectiveness, aligned with the DOLE’s Planning Tool on Decent and Productive Work, for the next three years.

The following will be the topic of discussion for Day 1: (a) Role of PESO in the Mobility of Skilled Workers in the ASEAN Region; (b) Impacts of ASEAN Integration to Investment and Services; and (c) Opportunities and Challenges of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC): the Business Perspective.

At the close of the first day, the 2013 Best PESO Awards Night–highlight of the Congress–will be held. The Search for the Best PESO is an annual activity that recognizes the significant contribution and outstanding accomplishments of the PESOs in the implementation of DOLE employment facilitation programs. The Best PESO Awards has nine (9) categories: (1) First Class Province Category; (2) Second Class Province Category; (3) Third to Fifth Class Province Category; (4) Highly-Urbanized City Category; (5) Component City or Independent Component City Category; (6) First to Second Class Municipality Category; (7) Third to Fourth Class Municipality Category; (8) Fifth to Sixth Class Category; and (9) Educational Institution/NGO/CBO Category.

The second day will open with the following presentations: (a) Key Role of PESOs in ASEAN Integration; (b) Efficient Job Matching through Improved Labor Market Information System; (c) Enhanced Phil-JobNet Mobile Application System and Text Messaging Facility; (d) New Generation Job Search Kiosk; (e) Online Special Program for Employment of Students; and (f) The Growth and Opportunities in the BPO Industry and BPO Career Hub’s Virtual Solutions.

Other notable personalities expected to attend the 14th National PESO Congress are Mayor Marlyn B. Alonte-Naguiat, City of Biñan, Laguna; Mayor Allan R. Rellon, Tagum City; Vice Governor Ramon G. Lacbain II, Province of Zambales; Governor Hermogenes Ebdani of Zambales; and Emmanuel F. Esguerra, NEDA Deputy Director-General.

“In this 14th National PESO Congress, we celebrate the PESOs’ successes. I am happy and proud to congratulate the PESOMAP officials and its network of PESOs nationwide for their sheer hard work, transforming themselves as the country’s main employment facilitation machinery,” Baldoz said.

The conduct of the PESO Congress is in line with efforts of the government to strengthen public-private sector partnerships in the pursuit of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s overarching goal to nurture and develop the country’s human resources, push back joblessness in the grassroots, and strengthen labor and employment facilitation in the country.

Of the 14th National PESO Congress, Baldoz said: “The DOLE is already looking forward to celebrate yet another successful event with only the ‘best and the brightest’ stars in the firmament on employment facilitation.”


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