For three consecutive years now, Davao Region continues the culture of excellence as it wins three National Best Public Employment Service Offices (PESO) Awards during the recently concluded 16th National PESO Congress held in Cebu City.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) National Best PESO awardees are the University of Mindanao (UM) – Tagum Campus for Educational Institution Category, Panabo City for Component City Category, and Municipality of Magsaysay for 3rd-4th class Municipality Category.

UM Tagum Campus PESO also advanced to the National Hall of Fame for their third consecutive win. Best PESO finalists from Davao Region include Davao del Norte for the 1st-2nd Class Provincial Category and Municipality of Sta. Cruz for the 1st- 2nd Class Municipality Category.

The awarding was graced by Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.

DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao lauded the PESOs and acknowledged their dedication in employment facilitation in their respected areas.

“We are proud and very happy that efforts of our PESOs here in the region are acknowledged in the National level. Truly, our PESOs, through their hard work, continues to deliver the service of excellence in employment facilitation,” Director Suyao said.

Region XI Employment Focal, Lariele P. Arce shares that the region’s PESOs observed and strengthened their core services which include text blasting for referral and placement, Labor Market Information (LMI), enhancement of Career Guidance, and skills training.

The newly hailed National Hall of Famer. UM Tagum PESO has continued to surpass their targets through their outreach programs which include career guidance trainings and livelihood assistance to their adopted communities. UM Tagum is also the third PESO from Davao Region that made it to the National Hall of Fame. Davao City and Tagum City landed the National Hall of Fame for Highly Urbanized City Category back in 2014 and Component City Category in 2015 respectively.

For Panabo City, who won for the second time, PESO Manager Cherelle Espinosa attributes their award to the “cooperation of the non-government organizations and private businesses, along with the vitality of the PESO staff and support of the officials and residents of the city.”

For the municipality of Magsaysay, their PESO have strengthened Special Program for the Employment of Students, informal sector assistance which includes the PWDS and tricycle drivers, and career guidance for both public and private schools.

Kriztja Marae G. Labrador/LCO-DOLEXI