Davao City – The recent conduct of the 13th National PESO Congress in Palo, Leyte on September 25-27, 2013 paved way for the Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in Region XI to be recognized as the best in the country, specifically in the delivery of employment facilitation programs and services of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

For the 2nd straight year, the Davao City – PESO was declared as the 2012 BEST PESO – Highly Urbanized City Category.  PESO manager Lilibeth Pantinople received the award for and in behalf Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte and the city government of Davao.  She vowed to work harder in providing better employment facilitation service to the Dabawenyos and hopes to achieve a grand slam win next year.

Meanwhile, Tagum City PESO emerged as 2012 BEST PESO – Component City Category.  In receiving the award, newly installed Tagum City PESO manager Rogeneth Llanos accepted the challenge to replicate the achievement next year as employment is a top priority development thrust of the local government under Mayor Allan L. Rellon.

DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao was elated over the triumph of Davao and Tagum PESOs.  He emphasized the important roles played by the employment offices in the delivery of facilitation programs of DOLE.  “I commend the PESO managers and their staff for their hardwork and commitment in the effective and efficient delivery of PESO programs and services.  Recognition is also due to the local governments of Davao and Tagum for the unwavering support to the DOLE.  For your performances and accomplishments to be considered and recognized as the country’s best is an achievement in itself.  We hope that the awards will inspire you to do more for the community,” Suyao said.

Other finalists for the Best PESO Awards from Davao Region were PESO-Province of Davao del Norte (Provincial Category); PESO-Malalag, Davao del Sur (1st-2nd Class Municipality Category); and PESO-University of Mindanao Main Campus (SUC Category).

PESO-Braulio E. Dujali was not allowed to join as it was already elevated to the Hall of Fame last year.  It will again qualify to join the awards next year.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis- Baldoz hailed the Public Employment Service Offices saying that this year’s PESO Congress highlights the achievements of the 1,887 PESOs nationwide in placing jobseekers in decent jobs and at the same time abetting the jobs-skill mismatch.  “The conduct of the PESO Congress is in line with efforts of the government to strengthen public-private sector partnerships that shall nurture and develop the country’s human resources, push back joblessness in the grassroots, and strengthen labor and employment facilitation in the country,” she said.  (JCflordelis-DOLE LCO)