Cabatuan town is Iloilo’s best PESO

By: Gail T. Momblan

THE municipality of Cabatuan was hailed as the best Provincial Employment Services Office for 2017.

Cabatuan bested 11 other nominees – Alimodian; Balasan; Barotac Nuevo; Barotac Viejo; Conception; Igbaras; Oton; Santa Barbara; Tubngan; and the component city of Passi.

The municipality of Oton placed second while Barotac Viejo landed in third spot.

PESO chief Francisco Heler said PESO-Cabatuan was best prepared for job fairs, had the local market information in place, had an organized registration and referral system, among other things.

PECO-Cabatuan manager Janet Pedrajas said although they were still partially-institutionalized, they continue to get support from Mayor Ronilo Caspe.

The town had properly implemented programs and offered services such as Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) trainings, career guidance and employment coaching, Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), and Government Internship Program, Pedrajas said.

Heler said that the awarding of the best PESO to municipalities is their way of recognizing well-performed PESO managers and local chief executives.

Engr. Cyril Ticao, regional director of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), said that municipal PESOs are frontliners of their services.

These offices, according to Ticao, help the DOLE in their role in addressing the persisting problems of unemployment and underemployment.

These problems are caused by inadequate employment opportunities, mismatches between skills and job and the limited access to local market information.

“This awarding shows how your efforts are recognized even more,” Ticao said.

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