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The Department of Labor and Employment CALABARZON and the Region IV-A Alliance of Public Employment Service Officers, (RAPESO) during its Performance Assessment discussed their accomplishment for FY 2021 with flying colors as they exceeded their performance targets for the said year in referral and placement, provision of labor market information, delivery of career guidance and employment coaching, and youth employability, among others.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Romualdo A. Garcia, the president of regional PESO federation, commended the efforts of all PESOs and Job Placement Offices (JPOs) for persisting through the difficulties brought about by the pandemic.

Also commending the outstanding performance of the PESOs are DOLE CALABARZON’s Regional Director, Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman and OIC-Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Nepomuceno A. Leano II, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and cooperation of all PESOs and the DOLE in contributing to one of the country’s goals to alleviate poverty, by capacitating vulnerable workers with employment services and labor market information for proper planning and program development. Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay also gave high praises to the increasing influence PESOs in all provinces shown by the high numbers of referral, job placement, and training services. She also challenges the PESOs to continue to maximize the delivery of their services as the country heads to recovery for the remaining months of 2022.

During the session, Mr. Jorge Manuel C. Laude from the Employment Unit of DOLE CALABARZON presented the PESOs’ and JPOs’ accomplishments on their core services. The Province of Cavite was recorded with the highest number of placement rate with 97%, followed by the Provinces of Laguna and Batangas with 96%, Rizal (87%) and Quezon (84%). The region has recorded an overall placement rate of 93% as compared to the regionwide target of 80%. “These are applicants referred by the PESOs and JPOs in various job vacancies solicited and were successfully hired by partner employers,” Laude explained.


For individuals reached by Labor Market Information (LMI), all PESOs successfully exceeded their target numbers for the year. From the 212,901 target, the PESOs collectively accomplished a total of 331,669, getting an accomplishment rate of 156%.

A total of 202 career guidance activities were conducted in the region covering 35,689 students and parents in 169 schools, colleges and universities, while there were 534 employment coaching activities assisting 32,148 in making powerful resumes, acing job interviews and enhancing their job-search skills. Meanwhile, a total of 11,866 students and out-of-school youths were given opportunity to work under the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) surpassing the regional target of 5,199.

There were also 44 job fairs conducted in CALABARZON for 2021 recording 4,915 qualified jobseekers in which 30% of them or 1,486 were hired-on-the-spot.

The participants were also given time to break-out with their fellow PESOs and JPOs in their respective province to set their targets and plan to achieve the same.

Mr. Garcia then presided on the PESO Hour to discuss updates and developments concerning the PESOs highlighted by the planning for the planned Regional PESO Congress, preparations for the Bayanihan Service Award and Search for Best PESO, roll out of the PES National Certification, among others.

The activity also served as an avenue for learning from invited speakers. Ms. Amelia C. Kakazu, the OIC of the Training and Technical Services Division of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), presented the training modules offered by the Commission which tackles work productivity and work ethics; and Ms. Monette S. Landicho, Local Government Operation Officer V from the Department of the Interior and Local Government – CALABARZON, delivered a presentation on the concept map for Harmonizing the National and Local Initiatives for Strengthening Initiatives for Balanced Growth and Opportunities at the Localities (SIBOL) including the template for Workforce Development Plan, which is to be submitted to and approved by the LGU.

PESOs with significant accomplishments were also named according to categories including the Regional Top Performing PESOs, PESO Employment Information System (PEIS) Champions, Top Performing PESOs in Referral and Placement, Career Guidance and Employment Coaching, and LMI.

Online MER Launching

Part of DOLE’s goal to digitize its processes, DOLE CALABARZON launched the online Monthly Employment Reporting (MER) system which converts the manual excel reporting to online via Google spreadsheet. With the new MER, PESOs can now submit their monthly reports conveniently as online platform allow real-time editing, multiple user encoding, and automatic saving. This system no longer entails the PESOs to submit big files to the regional office, in fact, DOLE CALABARZON will be sending the PESOs a statistical summary instead. The use of the enhanced MER will commence this March 2022.


Jean Andrea Galang
Jorge Manuel Laude

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