NEGROS ORIENTAL, Nov. 9 (PIA) - The Provincial Public Employment Service Office (PESO) has grabbed two plum awards from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE): the best PESO Regional Award for first class province and highest award in category A for best practices and for extending job opportunities to hundreds of NegOrenses.
Gov. Roel Degamo and Provincial PESO Manager Jose Ramon Benedicto received the award in Cebu City.
In receiving the award, Gov. Degamo said that it is a "manifestation that we are on track in advancing the livelihood component under the province' HEELPP or Health, Education, Environment, and Livelihood Program and Projects core thrust as well as in advancing the twin goals of Gender and Development (GAD) which are to promote gender equality and women empowerment."
For his part, Benedicto said that he is privileged to satisfy and achieve the HEELPP thrust of the provincial government and empower women not only the marginalized but also the unemployed sector and the youth.
Meanwhile, as the livelihood and employment arm of the provincial government, Benedicto reported that from July to September, PESO has trained a total of 250 marginalized women on rug-making in coordination with the Voices of the Free Foundation, Inc. (VFFFI).
On the conduct of the Job Fairs, some 1,923 applicants were hired of which 1,079 were women and 844 men out of 2,000 registered applicants.
The Search for Best PESO (SBP) is an annual activity that recognizes the significant role of the country's almost 2,000 PESOs in the implementation of the DOLE-initiated employment facilitation programs at the grassroots level.
SBP likewise serves as an avenue to acknowledge the exemplary performance of some PESOs as local hubs for labor market information (LMI), career guidance and employment coaching, and job referral and placement for constituent-jobseekers.
All existing PESOs are covered in the SBP-local government units (LGU) (i.e. provincial, city, and municipal), non-government organizations (NGO), educational institutions (EIs) (i.e. state universities and colleges or SUC and private schools), and community-based organizations (CBO)-provided they are operational and active for a period of at least one year to nomination.
For the purposes of transparency and credibility of the selection process, the DOLE, through the BLE as resident member of the national SBP Screening Committee, is being guided by the locally published and disseminated Manual on the Search for Best PESO. (jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental)