The Public Service Employment Office (PESO) of the Iloilo provincial government was again chosen as grand winner in the Regional Search for Best PESO – First Class Province Category.
This was learned from Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) VI regional director Johnson Cañete who informed Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. about the award in a letter dated August 10, 2017.
PESO Iloilo Province, headed by Francisco Heler, Jr., obtained the recognition through a unanimous decision of the judges based on the criteria set by the DOLE – Bureau of Local Employment (BLE). The plaque of recognition will be given during the 6th Regional Career Advocacy, Employment and Human Resources Congress which will be held in Iloilo City on September 12, 2017. PESO Iloilo has been reaping awards from DOLE for many years because of its exemplary performance.
Last year it was awarded the National Best Peso Award during the 16th National PESO Congress held in Cebu City.
PESO Iloilo was formerly attached with the Human Resource and Development Office (HRMDO) of the provincial government. Last October 2015 Governor Defensor approved Provincial Ordinance No. 2015-122 establishing the PESO as a separate office of the Iloilo Provincial Government to further improve its functions and services. It is tasked to ensure the prompt, timely and efficient delivery of employment service and provision of information on other DOLE programs.
Among the programs and activities being undertaken by the PESO Iloilo are: Job fairs, Livelihood and self-employment bazaars, Special Program for Employment of Students and Out-of-School Youth, Special Recruitment Activity, Electronic Manpower and Skills Registry System, and other programs/activities developed by the DOLE for special groups of disadvantaged workers such as persons with disabilities (PWDs) and displaced workers.