On January 19–20, 2022, at the Almont Inland Resort in Butuan City, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga wrapped up its 2-day Public Employment Service Office – Year-End Performance Assessment (PESO-YEPA 2022).

The PESO – YEPA is an annual gathering of PESO Managers in Caraga to discuss strategies and best practices for service delivery with PESO focal persons in each Local Government Unit (LGU), especially in the employment section, and to evaluate the year’s performance.

Emilio S. Pantejo, the Provincial Government of Surigao del Norte PESO Manager and President of the Public Employment Service Office Managers Associations of the Philippines (PESOMAP), Caraga Chapter, shared the priority areas to be provided with employment services during their national meeting in the DOLE central office last December 2022 during the first day of the event. He also mentioned keeping PESO institutionalized and fortifying partnerships with Employers and Education and Training Institutions.

On the second day of the event, Dr. Aurora Zaportiza, a former National PESO President, encouraged the attendees by talking about personal and professional empowerment.

DOLE Caraga Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao supported this. He urged the PESO Managers to go above and beyond their duties for their LGU constituents and to continue offering public employment services.

PESO Awards Night 2022

For the PESO Award Night 2022, which was held in recognition of their accomplishments, the PESO Managers dressed to the nines on the evening of the second day of the activity. Under the direction of the Chief of the Technical Service Support Division (TSSD) Annie Tangpos and with the support of the provincial heads at DOLE Caraga, PESO Focal Person Lilian Solis led this activity.

In recognition of the efforts and accomplishments of the PESO Managers for 2022, plaques and certificates were awarded. Among them are the following:

Plaque of Recognition to the previous officers of PESOCARL, Inc. (2018-2022)
▪ President : Ms. Divina P. Lagumbay, PESO Manager PLGU-ADS
▪ Vice President: Mr. Emilio S. Pantejo, PESO Manager PLGU-SDN
▪ Secretary : Ms. Daisy C. Mala, PESO Manager LGU Butuan City
▪ Treasurer: Ms. Gina R. Concon, PESO Manager LGU Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte
▪ P.I.O. : Mr. Junrey S. Escobal, PESO Manager Claver, Surigao del Norte
▪ Auditor : Ms. Fe C. Obal, PESO Manager Santiago, Agusan del Norte

Board of Trustees:
▪ Mr. Tomas O. Tener, Jr. PESO Manager PLGU Agusan del Norte
▪ Grace C. Asis, PESO Manager Bayugan City
▪ Janecito L. Jalbo, Jr., PESO Manager LGU Tagana-an, Surigao del Norte
▪ James S. Soria, PESO Manager LGU Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
▪ Jeraldine B. Camporedondo, PESO Manager PLGU Province of Dingat Islands

2021 Bayanihan Service Awards
2nd Class Provincial Category National Winner
▪ PLGU Surigao del Norte – Mr. Emilio S. Pantejo, Jr., PESO Manager

Component City Category Regional Finalist
▪ Cabadbaran City – Mr. Estilito O. De Vera, PESO Manager

1st Class Provincial Category National Finalist
▪ PLGU Agusan del Sur – Ms. Divina P. Lagumbay, PESO Manager

4th Class Provincial Category National Finalist
▪ PLGU Province of Dinagat Island – Lucia V. Galabo, PESO Manager

3rd Class Municipal Category National Finalist
▪ LGU Barobo, Surigao del Sur – Ms. Noriebelle C. Cagoco, PESO Manager

PESO Service Award 2022:

▪ Ida A. Aquino, PESO Manager LGU-Bacuag, Surigao del Norte (1996-2022)
▪ Ranil Bagaipo, PESO Manager LGU-Mainit, Surigao del Norte (2010-2022)
▪ Leonora P. Bayron, PESO Manager LGU-Rosario, Agusan del Sur (2000-2022)
▪ Aname B. Ortega, PESO Manager LGU-Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (2019-2022)
▪ Irish Marie C. Veloso, PESO Manager LGU-Tagbina, Surigao del Sur (2019-2022)
▪ Treashunt P. Consuegera, PESO Manager LGU-Lingig, Surigao del Sur (2016-2022)
▪ April Gwyne F. Antojado, PESO Manager LGU-Lanuza, Surigao del Sur (2022)

2022 PESO LOYALTY AWARD:
▪ Rowena Q. Plaza, PESO Manager LGU-Veruela, Agusan del Sur, 20 years in service
▪ Janecito L. Jalbo, PESO Manager LGU-Tagana-an, Surigao del Norte, 15 years in service
▪ Junrey S. Escobal, PESO Manager LGU-Claver, Surigao del Norte, 10 years in service
▪ Myrlinda J. Navarrete, PESO Manager LGU-San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands, 10 years in service

2022 BEST PESO AWARD:

Best in Referral and Placement 1st Class Provincial Category
▪ PLGU-Agusan del Sur – Ms. Divina P. Lagumbay, PESO Manager

Best in Referral and Placement 2nd Class Provincial Category
▪ PLGU-Surigao del Norte – Mr. Emilio S. Pantejo, PESO Manager

Best in Referral and Placement 3rd to 5th Class Provincial Category
▪ PLGU-Province of Dinagat Islands – Ms. Lucia V. Galabo

Best in Referral and Placement Highly Urbanized City Category
▪ LGU-Butuan City – Ms. Daisy C. Mala, PESO Manager

Best in Referral and Placement Component City Category
▪ LGU-Cabadbaran City – Mr. Estilito O. De Vera, PESO Manager

Best in Referral and Placement 1st to 2nd Class Municipality Category
▪ LGU-Claver, Surigao del Norte – Mr. Junrey S. Escobal, PESO Manager

Best in Referral and Placement 3rd to 4th Class Municipality Category
▪ LGU-Socorro, Surigao del Norte – Ms. Cherry Fel G. Bato, PESO Manager

Best in Referral and Placement 5th to 6th Class Municipality Category
▪ LGU-Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte – Ms. Riavida M. Soriaga, PESO Manager

Best in Referral and Placement Job Placement Office Finalist
▪ DJEMFCST, Province of Dinagat Islands – Mr. Robert M. Urbuda, PESO Manager
▪ North Eastern Mindanao State Univeristy, Tandag City – Mr. Abundio C. Miraller, PESO Manager

Best in Labor Market Information 1st Class Provincial Category Winner
▪ PLGU-Agusan del Sur – Ms. Divina P. Lagumbay, PESO Manager

Best in Labor Market Information 2nd Class Provincial Category Winner
▪ PLGU-Surigao del Norte – Mr. Emilio S. Pantejo, PESO Manager

Best in Labor Market Information 3rd to 5th Class Provincial Category Winner
▪ PLGU-Province of Dinagat Islands – Ms. Lucia V. Galabo, PESO Manager

Best in Labor Market Information Highly Urbanized City Category Finalist
▪ LGU-Butuan City – Ms. Daisy C. Mala, PESO Manager

Best in Labor Market Information Component City Category Winner ▪ LGU-Cabadbaran City – Mr. Estilito O. De Vera, PESO Manager

Best in Labor Market Information 1st to 2nd Class Municipal Category Winner
▪ LGU-Claver, Surigao del Norte – Mr. Junrey C. Escobal, PESO Manager

Best in Labor Market Information 3rd to 4th Class Municipal Category Winner
▪ LGU-Socorro, Surigao del Norte – Ms. Cherry Fel G. Bato, PESO Manager

Best in Labor Market Information 5th to 6th Class Municipal Category Winner
▪ LGU-Dinagat Islands, Province of Dinagat Islands – Ms. Jeraldine B. Camporedondo, PESO Manager

Best in Labor Market Information Job Placement Office Category Winner
▪ DJEMFCST-Province of Dinagat Islands – Mr. Robert M. Urbuda, PESO Manager

Best in Career and Employment Coaching 1st Class Provincial Category Winner
▪ PLGU-Agusan del Norte – Ms. Divina P. Lagumbay, PESO Manager

Best in Career and Employment Coaching 2nd Class Provincial Category Winner
▪ PLGU-Surigao del Norte – Mr. Emilio S. Pantejo, PESO Manager

Best in Career and Employment Coaching 3rd to 5th Class Provincial Category Winner
▪ PLGU-Province of Dinagat Islands – Ms. Lucia V. Galabo, PESO Manager

Best in Career and Employment Coaching Highly Urbanized City Category Winner
▪ LGU-Butuan City – Ms. Daisy C. Mala, PESO Manager

Best in Career and Employment Coaching Component City Category Winner
▪ LGU-Bislig City, Surigao del Sur – Ms. Laine S. Elechicon, PESO Manager

Best in Career and Employment Coaching 1st to 2nd Class Municipality Category Winner
▪ LGU-Claver, Surigao del Norte – Mr. Junrey S. Escobal, PESO Manager

Best in Career and Employment Coaching 3rd to 4th Class Municipal Category Winner
▪ LGU-Barobo, Surigao del Sur – Ms. Noriebelle C. Cagoco, PESO Manager

Best in Career and Employment and Coaching Job Placement Office Category Winner
▪ JPO-STIP, Bislig City – Mr. Marc M. Pelitro, PESO Manager

Best in Livelihood Implementation 3rd to 4th Provincial Class Winner
▪ PLGU-Province of Dinagat Islands – Ms. Lucia V. Galabo, PESO Manager

Best in Livelihood Implementation Highly Urbanized City Category Winner
▪ LGU-Butuan City – Ms. Daisy C. Mala, PESO Manager

Best in Livelihood Implementation Component City Category Winner
▪ LGU-Cabadbaran City – Mr. Estilito O. De Vera, PESO Manager

Best in Livelihood Implementation 1st to 2nd Class Municipality Category Winner
▪ LGU-Loreto, Agusan del Sur – Ms. Jean D. Miel, PESO Manager

Best in Livelihood Implementation 3rd to 4th Class Municipal Category Winner
▪ LGU-Santiago, Agusan del Norte – Ms. Fe C. Obal, PESO Manager

Best in Livelihood Implementation 5th to 6th Class Municipal Category Winner
▪ LGU-Tubajon, Province of Dinagat Islands – Mr. Jaypee B. Bag-ao, PESO Manager

Best in PEIS Award
3rd Place with 4086 Jobseekers Posted
▪ Divina P. Lagumbay, PLGU-Agusan del Sur
2nd Place with 5467 Jobseekers Posted
▪ Rosario S. Tutor, LGU-San Francisco, Agusan del Norte
1st Place with 8095 Jobseekers Posted
▪ Daisy C. Mala, LGU-Butuan City

3rd Place with 135 Employers Posted
▪ Michael S. Feguro, LGU-San Miguel, Surigao del Sur
2nd Place with 299 Employers Posted
▪ Pauline D. Jaramillo-Ang, LGU-Esperanza, Agusan del Sur
1st Place with 304 Employers Posted
▪ Rosario S. Tutor, LGU-San Francisco, Agusan del Sur

3rd Place with 500 Vacancies Posted
▪ Maria Lynbert P. Dulpina, LGU-San Isidro, Surigao del Norte
2nd Place with 1175 Vacancies Posted
▪ Daisy C. Mala, LGU-Butuan City
1st Place with 1641 Vacancies Posted
▪ Hairee Cel S. Pedimonte, LGU-Surigao City, Surigao del Norte

Plaque of Commendation:
▪ LGU-Claver, Surigao del Norte for Institutionalizing PESO
▪ Junrey S. Escobal, PESO Manager

DOLE Service Award for service in DOLE for 26 years of Loyalty and Dedication:
▪ Felibeth C. Bonono, LEO III, DOLE Surigao del Norte

To cap off the night, DOLE Caraga OIC-Assistant Regional Director Raymond Fel Sajor reminded the PESO Managers to look back and draw inspiration from their setbacks and challenges. He also told them to observe and learn from the good practices of their colleagues to achieve their goals for 2023.