Ilocos Norte PESO's student employment, job placement are best in the regionMar 16, 2018
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region I awarded the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte- Public Employment Service Office (PGIN-PESO) as the provincial- and regional-level winner in the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) and Job Placement categories at the 2018 Regional PESO Congress last February 27 in Angeles City, Pampanga.
The SPES program of the PGIN-PESO is geared towards the employment of Ilocano youth aged 15 to 25 years old, requiring them to render 15 days of service to different provincial offices. Meanwhile, the office's job placement effort was awarded for partnering with local and overseas employers.
Other awards received by PGIN-PESO include a special citation for PGIN for the institutionalization of PESO; Regional Nominee for 2016 Best-Performing PESO Manager; and Regional Nominee for 2016 Best-Performing PESO.
Mrs. Anne Marie Lizzette B. Atuan, PGIN-PESO manager credits the success of PESO to the support of Governor Imee R. Marcos.
She shared, "Kung wala ang support at dedication ni Governor Imee R. Marcos, lalo na doon sa Task Force Trabaho, hindi natin ito magagawa at hindi rin natin matutulungan ang mga unemployed na applicants. Nag i-invite tayo ng maraming investors dahil madami silang makukuhang empleyado dito sa Ilocos Norte."
Governor Marcos launched the "Task Force Trabaho" in 2012 as an aggressive campaign to bring in more jobs for Ilocanos and to further hone their skills and professional growth.
Until 2017, PGIN-PESO coordinated with the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) in conducting series of monthly mobile outreach programs that serviced more than 15, 000 professionals and has given more than 10, 000 licenses to teachers, nurses, engineers and other professionals.
The PRC Offsite Service Center finally opened in the town of San Nicolas last month.
PGIN-PESO also continues to strengthen information dissemination through career orientations with local government units (LGUs) and partnerships with local and international employers. This year, they also aim to assist the K-12 graduates for proper job counseling and support, considering they will be the first batch of secondary school graduates under K-12.
With high demand from local industries such as commercial establishments, business process outsourcing (BPO) companies, tourism and even international or remote employers, the employment rate of Ilocos Norte is projected to increase annually. Employment rate in the Ilocos Region is now at 91.8%.
"They [employers] believe that Ilocanos are very diligent and dedicated to their work...sobrang pursigido silang magtrabaho," Atuan remarked.