The PESO Managers and the staff of DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office headed by Engr. Juliana H. Ortega hold its 1st quarterly meeting at Cafe de Baco, Poblacion, Baco, Oriental Mindoro on 07 February 2019. Hosted by Baco Municipal Office, the meeting was presided well to finalize PESO plans and programs for this year, including Calapan City Job Fair on March 18 and Labor Day Job Fair on May 1.

One of the agenda which took much of their discussion was the government’s limited budget for the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) which would certainly not suffice for the number of students pledged by the local government units and the participating establishments from the private sector. Anticipating the challenges this may bring, the PESO Managers as DOLE’s employment arm proved united in resolving to continue their facilitation of summer job for poor but deserving students within the bounds of the law and of implementing rules and procedure during the country’s general election time.

The meeting also became a venue for DOLE to recognize the great contribution of PESO Managers in providing employment services to the Mindoreños. Two of them, Mr. Manuel Regencia who served as Municipal PESO Manager of Bansud and Engr. Alona Labaguis as School-Based PESO Manager of Mindoro State College of Agriculture and Technology (MINSCAT) – Bongabong Campus, received a plaque of appreciation.

Motivated by their noble desire to help particularly the jobseekers, the PESO Managers with its new set of officers commit to strengthen collaboration with DOLE to ensure prompt, timely and efficient delivery of employment services and to be the information center for other DOLE programs and services.

End/Mari-jo L. Cordova