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21st National PESO Congress now purely virtual

Cagayan de Oro City --- In view of the pronouncements of the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and local IATF of Cagayan de Oro as the location-venue for the prestigious annual 21ST National PESO (Public Employment Service Office) Congress is now purely virtual, a shift from the previously announced blended face-to-face and virtual. This will be conducted on 23-24 September 2021 in the City of Cagayan de Oro, hosted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and PESO Managers Association of the Philippines (PESOMAP), Inc.


DOLE-X Regional Director Albert E. Gutib said more than a thousand delegates from all over the country are expected to join virtually. Highly esteemed delegates include senior officials of DOLE headed by no less than Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, distinguished plenary speakers like Kelly Bird who is the Country Director for the Philippines of the Asian Development Bank; DOLE Assistant Secretary for Employment and General Administration Cluster Dominique R. Tutay; TESDA Acting Executive Director Lorenzo Emanuel Guillermo; National Wages and Productivity Commission Executive Director Maria Criselda R. Sy; Senior Labor and Employment Officer Carl Sean Pablico  and Acting Supervising Labor and Employment Officer John Emmanuel Villanueva of DOLE Institute for Labor Studies; House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Lorna Regina “Loren” Legarda; local chief executives, PESO Managers and their respective staff.


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, Gutib said the central leadership made some apt changes in compliance to the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force (RIATF) and local IATF recommendations as a gesture of support to ensuring healthy and safe workplace/host region and delegates.


Making it virtual, Gutib assured that the said digitalization of the Congress is an opportunity for us to showcase employment programs and services in a manner that is required in these pandemic seasons, that will not in any way hamper the learning processes. 


The PESO Congress is an annual prestigious event conducted by DOLE, through its Bureau of Local Employment along with the PESOMAP, Inc. as an indelible partner of the national government in strategizing continuous improvement in employment program implementation aimed to highlight socio-economic indicators of the local/national government endeavors. It is taken as an esteemed venue to bolster camaraderie among PESO Managers, as the local employment facilitation champions of their respective localities. Also, it is an apt venue for discussions on program updates in the field of labor and employment, work innovations, strategizing employment facilitation in the new normal challenged by the pandemic.


The activity is anchored with the theme, “PESO 2021: Sama-Samang Pagtutulungan Tungo sa Pagbangon ng Bayan.”





End/Mildred E. Dablio/DOLE-X






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