CAUAYAN, Isabela � The Labor Department gave recognition to 11 Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) in the country for being champions in employment facilitation at the Best PESO Awards Night held here last week.

Highlighting the 17th National PESO Congress, the Best PESO Awards Night culminated the Search for the Best PESO, an annual activity that recognizes the significant contributions and outstanding accomplishments of PESOs in the implementation of DOLE employment facilitation programs.

This undertaking has largely benefitted our constituents in the labor market. The innovations and creative approaches by the PESOs and the local chief executives were seen to have filled in the gaps in our employment facilitation efforts Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said in his congratulatory message, read by Undersecretary Dominador R. Say.

Of the entries received by the DOLE's Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), 39 PESOs have qualified and were rated on the following criteria: core services, DOLE programs implemented, institutionalization, awards received, and active involvement.

The PESO nominees were clustered under eight categories�Fifth and Sixth Class Municipality (two nominees); Third and Fourth Class Municipality (five nominees); First and Second Class Municipality (nine nominees); Second Class Province (one nominee); First Class Province (six nominees); Component City (six nominees); Highly Urbanized City (five nominees); and Educational Institution, Non-Government Organization, State Universities and Colleges (five nominees).

For municipal PESOs, declared winners were PESO San Juan, Abra (Cordillera Administrative Region) for the Fifth and Sixth Class Municipality category; PESO Pila, Laguna (Region 4A) for the Third and Fourth Class Municipality category; and PESO Masinloc, Zambales (Region 3) for the First and Second Class Municipality category.

For provincial PESOs, Northern Samar Provincial PESO (Region 8) and Iloilo Provincial PESO (Region 6) bagged the awards for the Second Class Province and First Class Province categories, respectively.

For the city PESOs, meanwhile, the awards went to PESO Mabalacat, Pampanga (Region 3) and PESO Panabo City, Davao del Norte (Region 11) for the Component City category; and PESO Valenzuela City (National Capital Region) and PESO Olongapo City, Zambales (Region 3) for the Highly Urbanized City category.

The awards for the Non-LGU based PESOs or the Educational Institution, Non-Government Organization, State Universities and Colleges category were bagged by the Bulacan State University (Region 3) and Cebu Technological University (Region 7).

National level winners received a trophy and cash award of P50,000, while their respective local chief executives were also given recognition.

Anchored on the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan (TNK) initiative of the labor and the trade and industry departments, this year's congress banners Trabaho, Negosyo at Kabuhayan�Matatag na PESO, Kaagapay ng Bawat Pilipino.

Source: Department Of Labor and Employment Republic of Philippines