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At Regional PESO Congress, DOLE-RO I strengthens PESOs, lauds best performers


The recently concluded Regional Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Congress served to further enhance the capacities of PESO managers and recognize best performers. 

DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said the event was useful not only in assessing the performance of PESOs in the previous year, but also in recognizing their contributions in key employment programs such as job placement, job fairs, National Skills Registration Program-PESO Employment Information System, Special Program for the Employment of Students, Career and Employment Coaching, Kabuhayan, Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers, JobStart and Philippine TalentMap Initiative.  

“This year will be challenging in light of the anticipated political changes and the budgetary issues affecting program implementation and operations.  But rest assured that the DOLE will stand up to these challenges with you,” Director Lacambra told 94 PESO managers and other stakeholders who participated in the activity held at the Azalea Residences in Baguio City on March 14-15.

Charito Dator of PESO La Union clinched the Regional Best PESO for the 1st Class Province Category.  Roel Sabado of Rosales, Pangasinan and Clemente Galiza of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte were the regional winners for the 1st to 2nd class municipalities and 3rd to 4thclass municipalities, respectively. 

The following were also declared as regional winners in program implementation: Job Fair (highest number of job fairs conducted and highest number of HOTS) – Alex Ferrer of PESO Pangasinan; SPES (highest number of beneficiaries provided with assistance) – Bernardino Rodillas of PESO Laoag City; NSRP/PEIS (highest number of registered applicants and placement reported – Alex Ferrer of PESO Pangasinan; NSRP/PEIS (highest number of registered employers – Joey del Rosario of PESO Urdaneta City; CEC (highest number of schools covered) – Bernardino Rodillas of PESO Laoag City; CEC (highest number of participants covered) – Roderic Gacayan of PESO San Fernando City, La Union; Job Placement – Anne Marie Lizette Atuan of PESO Ilocos Norte; Kabuhayan – Nejemias Racho of Alaminos City, Pangasinan; and TUPAD – Samuel Bugarin of PESO Mangatarem, Pangasinan.

Special citations were conferred on the following: CEC – Alex Ferrer of PESO Pangasinan and Charito Dator of PESO La Union; JobStart – Jocelyn Siapno of Dagupan City and Roel Sabado of Rosales, Pangasinan; PTMI – Nejemias Racho of Alaminos City; Mildred Hernandez of Infanta, Pangasinan; Joseph Deo Erguiza of Basista, Pangasinan; Alex Ferrer of Pangasinan; Clemente Galiza of Bacarra, Ilocos Norte; Marlon Soria of Batac City, Ilocos Norte; Cathleen Joybel dela Cruz of San Nicolas, Ilocos Norte; Teresita Maxima Sison of Cabugao, Ilocos Sur; Mary Madelaine Salvador of Sta. Catalina, Ilocos Sur; Leah Grace Saro of San Emilio, Ilocos Sur; Cesar Bañez of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur; Elsie Aguilar of San Juan, Ilocos Sur; Agnes Abrero of Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur; Arnel Arimas of Villasis, Pangasinan; Alma Martinez of San Nicolas, Pangasinan; Bayani Sonaco of Umingan, Pangasinan; Edgar Luna of Sta. Maria, Pangasinan; Rizalina Aying of Asingan, Pangasinan; Joey del Rosario of Urdaneta City; Roel Sabado of Rosales, Pangasinan; Roderic Gacayan of San Fernando City, La Union; Dyan Grace Concepcion of Balaoan, La Union; Cenon Tuquero of Santol, La Union and Pureza Tarnate of San Juan, La Union.

Loyalty awards were given to those who have rendered 20 to 30 years as PESO managers: Samuel Bugarin of Mangatarem, Pangasinan; Mary Alviar of Cervantes, Ilocos Sur; Rizalina Aying of Asingan, Pangasinan; Marlene Casilang of Bautista, Pangasinan; Thomasa Patron of Nagbukel, Ilocos Sur; Cesar Nisce of Luna, La Union; Nenita Ribucan of Santiago, Ilocos Sur; Alex Ferrer of Pangasinan; Nejemias Racho of Alaminos City; Evelyn Dumlao of Aguilar, Pangasinan; Cesar Bañez of Narvacan, Ilocos Sur; Gloria Joycelyn Aberin of Agoo, La Union; Amparo Mabalot of Rosario, La Union; Bayani Sonaco of Umingan, Pangasinan; Marlon Soria of Batac City; Gina Castillo of Laoac, Pangasinan; Ernesto Manegdeg of Adams, Ilocos Norte; Elsie Aguilar of San Juan, Ilocos Sur; Carmelita Angco of Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur; Arthur Pascua of Currimao, Ilocos Norte; Bella Bellesteros of Solsona, Ilocos Norte; Irma Catabay of Anda, Pangasinan; Leonora Reyes of Carasi, Ilocos Norte; Luzviminda Reginaldo of Banayoyo, Ilocos Sur; Verina Lopez of Pugo, La Union; Marvin Sandaga-Subala of Bauang, La Union and Gloria delos Santos of Labrador, Pangasinan.

To further strengthen the PESO managers, they were also oriented on Republic Act 11058, or the new Occupational Safety and Health law and Department Order No. 198, its implementing rules and regulations. They also received updates on the programs of the POEA, OWWA and ECC before they were finally briefed on Labor Market Information analysis.

“We have gained from our long-time partnership, and I look forward to even more fruitful years with you in facilitating employment and in ensuring decent work and life for your constituents,” Director Lacambra told the PESO managers. 

Last year, PESOs helped facilitate the placement of 59,884 jobseekers locally. Created by virtue of Republic Act 8759, or the PESO Act of 1999, they are non-fee charging facilities based in provinces, cities, municipalities, non-government organizations and schools and tasked to provide prompt, timely and effective employment facilitation services and promote DOLE programs at the grassroots levels. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from the TSSD

RD Nat V. Lacambra
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