ILOILO City – The Guimaras Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO) was declared as grand champion in the National Search for Best PESO under the fourth class province category in the 19th National PESO Congress.
Provincial PESO manager Elena Quezon said the implementation of their PESO mandatory functions to generate jobs for Guimarasnons and their support for alternative employment, cleared the way for the island to become the grand winner in the national search.
According to the province’s public information office, a prize of P100,000 was awarded to Guimaras for its excellent performance in employment facilitation after placing the highest number of jobseekers who were given employment.
“We won as best PESO since we had been institutionalized. We allocated funds to provide summer employment for students and we coordinate trainings to improve the employability of our labor force,” Quezon said, adding that the province has only six percent unemployment rate.
She said the recognition will enable the province to access more assistance from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and provide more livelihood for the agri-labor force in Guimaras.
The 19th National PESO Congress with the theme: “Sa PESO may disenteng trabaho ang bawat Filipino” was organized by DOLE-Bureau of Local Employment in cooperation with the PESO Managers Association of the Philippines, Inc.
Quezon and Guimaras Gov. Samuel Gumarin received the Plaque of Recognition during the awarding ceremony on Oct. 9 in Bacolod City.(With a report from PIA/PN)