OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental,--The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 through its Provincial Field Office (PFO) in Misamis Occidental awarded and turned-over the plaque to the National Awardees for the search of Best Public Employment Service Office (PESO) for CYs 2018 and 2019, December 15 at DOLE Provincial Field Office, here.
DOLE-10 also awarded the provincial office with P150,000 cash award, book binding machine, and health kits composed of negative ion necklace, a box of 100 tablets of vitamin C, a box of 50 pieces of face masks, document sanitizer, 150 ml ethyl alcohol, and thermometer.
For two consecutive years, Misamis Occidental was successively awarded for the first time in history of the province wherein the Municipal Government of Jimenez won the National Best PESO award for the year 2018 under the 3rd to 4th class municipality category.
Likewise, the City Government of Oroquieta was awarded as the National Best PESO for 2019 under the component City category in Region 10.
The search for Best PESO recognizes the contributions of the office specifically on employment facilitation programs and to reward its outstanding impact in improving the employment and living conditions of job-seeking Filipinos, locally or overseas.
DOLE-10 PFO Chief Leonardo G. Rodrigo acknowledged the support of Oroquieta City Mayor Lemuel Meyrick M. Acosta with his Sangguniang Panlungsod members and Jimenez Municipal Mayor Rosario Balais through their presence in the event.
Jimenez PESO Manager Arnulfo Guimalan personally received the plaque of recognition, October 9, 2019 during the PESO Congress at SMX Convention Center, Bacolod, Negros Occidental.
A year after, Oroquieta PESO Manager Mark Anthony D. Artigas attained the required percentile rating for the 2019 Search for Best PESO and was declared the National Winner in the component city category, December 8, 2020.
Moreover, Rodrigo announced that Misamis Occidental was once again hailed as the Best PESO for CY 2019.
He recognized Guimalan and Artigas’s passions and commitment towards public service saying, "Your award does not only serve to measure your performance, but to reward your efforts in unselfishly helping our department in providing employment services to our clients."
Rodrigo added that such accomplishments within the province led to the awareness of the local citizens in Misamis Occidental, thereby boosting their livelihood and job opportunities and also promoting the economic activities of the province.
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Artigas highlighted his challenges in the making of his entry to the National Search through his bid book (documentation of all his employment facilitation accomplishments) as he did not expect to be recognized as a national winner with the limited manpower in his office.
However, with his commitment to reduce unemployment, he intensified his employment-facilitating role.
“I am hoping and praying that this exemplary milestone will endure for years and all would live in an equal and economically stable municipality and city. Indeed, there is so much to be thankful for and one of them is having the most supportive LGU through its local chief executive. Our teamwork is truly at the heart of our victory,” he said.
Among the programs and activities being undertaken by the PESO include Job Fairs, livelihood programs and self-employment bazaars, Special Program for Employment of Students and Out-of-School Youths, Special Recruitment Activities.
They also lead the National Skills Registry System, and other programs/activities developed by DOLE for special groups of disadvantaged workers such as persons with disabilities (PWDs) and displaced workers.
The search for the Best PESO is an annual event facilitated by DOLE. (DOLE10/PIA10)
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-10 through its Provincial Field Office (PFO) in Misamis Occidental (Mis. Occ.) Chief Leonardo G. Rodrigo (rightmost) awards and ceremonially turns over to the National Awardees for the Search of Best PESO 2018 and 2019 at DOLE Provincial Field Office in Misamis Occidental. (DOLE MisOcc PFO)
OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, —Due to the increasing cases of COVID-19 infected individuals through local transmission with unknown source in Oroquieta City, all personnel of the Department of Education (DepEd) Division Oroquieta, including but not limited to the teaching, teaching related and non-teaching personnel in the school shall be on work from home scheme, January 4-17.
Majority of the employees working at the City and Provincial Division Offices of DepEd were given antigen tests and counted as level 1 contacts.
In order to avoid contact among employees and therefore mitigating the possible spread of COVID-19, the local Inter-Agency Task Force recommended DepEd Oroquieta Division to adopt a work from home arrangement to ensure the safety of all school personnel.
The distribution of learning materials and retrieval of learning outputs are also suspended on the said dates.
Curriculum delivery, distribution of learning materials, and retrieval of learning outputs are also suspended.
The school heads must ensure the continued delivery of basic services with utmost diligence while working from home.
Personnel on work from home shall inform their respective school head their time-in and time-out in the morning and afternoon through text, email, private message or other means necessary, to address concerns appropriately.
School personnel are also mandated to strictly perform the expected duties and responsibilities while working from home. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)
DepEd Division Oroquieta personnel adopt a work from home scheme, January 4-17. (DepEd Oroquieta)
OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, —The fisherfolk beneficiaries from Carmen Annex and Pulot, Ozamiz City received a total of 50 units of 14.5-footer fiberglass boats from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR)-10 under the Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) held at Malaubang Covered Court, Ozamiz.
Aside from the 14.5-footer fiberglass boats, the recipients also received 25,000 kgs seaweed seedling, and 1,250 pieces of bamboo poles.
During the ceremonial turnover, Provincial Fisheries Office OIC Cirilo Bagcat said the boats are given as support for the sustainable development of the fishery sector in the province.
“The equipment hopes to boost the livelihood of the beneficiaries,” he said.
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Simplicia “Bebie” Neri expressed how they direly need these programs for the fisherfolk's livelihood.
“There are provinces experiencing calamities but here in the province of Misamis Occidental especially in Ozamiz City, we are thankful of the blessings that we received. To the beneficiaries, unta mapalambo ninyo ug unta magmalampuson kamo sa inyong panginabuhi, Neri said.
(To the beneficiaries, I hope that you will develop these and I hope that you will be more successful in your livelihood)
The fisherfolk, on the other hand, thanked the government for the assistance.
“Dako kaayo nga tabang sa amoang panginabuhian, (It would be a big help for our livelihood),” said Jose Gumera, a fisherfolk from Barangay Carmen Annex.
The distribution of boats is part of the fisheries livelihood support program of the government through BFAR which aims to ensure sustainable fish production among the fisherfolk.
SAAD is a national government intervention for areas needing support in agriculture and fisheries.
The distribution was headed by the Provincial Fisheries Office OIC Cirilo Bagcat together with Senior Aquaculturist and SAAD Project Coordinator Virginia Balde and Vice Mayor Simplicia “Bebie” Neri. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)
ALORAN, Misamis Occidental, Dec. 2 (PIA)--Nine towns from the first district of Misamis Occidental received agri interventions from the Department of Agriculture (DA)-10, November 26.
DA-RFO 10 Regional Executive Director Carlene C. Collado handed P17.61 million worth of agri interventions under the first congressional district office of Rep. Diego C. Ty, who was represented by Nesty Gonzales.
Collado said DA’s support to the local government units (LGUs) is part of the initiatives of the government in escalating productivity in terms of agricultural development to ensure food security.
The Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental received one unit four-wheel drive tractor worth P1.2 million under DA’s rice program in support of their rice farmers.
Meanwhile, the towns of Panaon, Calamba and Lopez Jaena received one unit each of mobile rice mill with a total amount of P1.19 million, and 1 unit riding-type direct seeder worth P1.98 million for the town of Jimenez.
Under DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD), P7.71 million of agri inputs were provided to the towns of Aloran, Panaon, Concepcion, Baliangao and Sapang Dalaga.
Such inputs include garden tools, biologics, agricultural machineries, tools, organic fertilizers, corn and vegetable seeds with an aim to increase efficiency and combat scarcity among the marginalized sectors.
With DA’s Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP), a P3.5 million assistance was turned over to Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative of Plaridel, which comprised of 1 unit cacao facility, 1 unit combined solar/mechanical dryer, and 15 metric tons of wet cacao beans.
The sub-project aims to achieve at least 70 percent of the total production of good quality fermented beans with the use of GMP-compliant fermentary and drying facility, increase the annual net income of the coop, increase farmer-members' net income and generate more jobs for the enterprise.
Meanwhile, the Aloran Integrated Cooperative received a corn mill facility amounting to P2 million in support of the food security program of the department which will benefit 1,310 corn farmers residing and farming in 16 barangays of said town.
“This facility will aid the farmers to be contributors of the challenged economy, especially in this pandemic we are facing,” said Aloran Mayor Juniepher A. Roa.
Vernan Q. Buensalida, consultant of Aloran Integrated Cooperative shared, "Pinaagi niining pasilidad maminusan ang galastuhon namo pag-adto sa sentrong bahin sa lungsod ug madugangan na among potensyal nga makita sa mais. Dili na kami mapugos ug baligya sa among mga mais ug maka-apas nami sa insaktong presyo. Dili na pod kami mabalaka nga mapundo among mais kay aduna kini'y luag-luag nga area nga mapunduhan."
MisOcc receives P17.61-M worth of interventions for the development of the agri-sector of said province. (DA 10)
The 35 MSMEs, which participated in the said Christmas bazaar, brought with them 65 products.
DTI’s “Buy Local, Go Local” aims to increase engage both the public and private sectors to support local businesses and entrepreneurs by buying local products and availing services.
Dubbed as "Love Local, Buy Local and Give Local," the initiative of DTI Misamis Occidental is the new normal version of conducting trade fairs, DTI Provincial Director Jane Tabucan said.
“We call on all Misamisnons to patronize local products and services and support our MSMEs here in Misamis Occidental,” she added.
Tabucan also emphasized the importance of MSMEs in revitalizing the economy amid the pandemic and the fast recovery of the small businesses.
DTI Misamis Occidental also initiated the #LoveLokal, a Christmas Basket project that features the products of the local MSMEs in the province.
They also have the Love Local virtual Fashion show that will showcase the non-food products of MSMEs.
Buhat MisOcc is set to run until December 8 online through www.otophubozamiz.com. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)
DTI Misamis Occidental initiates the #LoveLokal, a Christmas Basket project that features the products of the local MSMEs in the province. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)
OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental-The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-X through its Provincial Field Office (PFO) in Misamis Occidental conducted a 15-minute Single Entry Approach (SEnA) case settlement in the amount of P50,000.
The SEnA conference facilitated by Desk Officer Lorraine M. Roa to the respondent, and complainant-employee Mario D. Bongcawil was settled immediately on its first conference scheduled, September 21.
The complainant who was a caretaker of the respondent’s agricultural land for 9 years filed a request for assistance on the claim of underpayment of wages, non-payment of 13th month pay and separation pay.
He disclosed that he knew he was underpaid with his P100 per day since the beginning of his employment but he did not bother to complain as he was already thankful that they were able to have a place to stay despite the difficulties in life.
“Siyam ka tuig nami sa akong pamilya gapuyo sa iyang yuta, mao ra pud among gisaligan pang-adlaw-adlaw akong kita pero nahiubos ko pag-ayo nga kalit rami gipahawa kay naa na kuno mupalit adtong yutaa,” Bongcawil said.
Bongcawil, who is already 60 year old who fathered six children, said he felt very depressed from the directives of the owner, much more when he was rejected when he first confronted the former for his monetary entitlement, thus, opted him to request for assistance from DOLE.
In the course of the discussion during the conference, the complainant demanded an amount of P100,000 for all his monetary claims.
However, the respondent requested to decrease it to P50,000 in which the complainant immediately agreed and accepted the cash. It was a 15-minute peaceful conference.
Despite COVID-19 pandemic, DOLE-X MisOcc PFO Chief Leonardo G. Rodrigo continuously extends public assistance to all employers and employees in the conduct of SEnA conferences as stated in Department Order No. 214, Series of 2020 or the Guidelines on Processes and Proceedings before the Office of the Secretary of Labor and Employment, Bureau and Regional Offices in areas under Community Quarantine.
Rodrigo said the office strictly observes all the minimum health and safety standards as prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH) through Oroquieta City Health Office and the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force of the local government unit (LGU).
To minimize face-to-face contact among the requesting and responding parties, the SEnA conference shall be conducted through video conferencing or through teleconferencing, whichever is applicable or in case of non-availability of digital platforms, just like the case of Bongcawil, face-to-face conference may be allowed in accordance with the IATF safety and health protocols.
SEnA is a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation services mandated under Department Order No. 107, Series of 2010 for all labor and employment cases. SEnA provides speedy, inexpensive and accessible settlement procedure for all complaints arising from employer-employee relationship. (DOLE MisOcc/PIA10)
The SEnA conference facilitated by Desk Officer Lorraine M. Roa to the respondent, and complainant-employee Mario D. Bongcawil was settled immediately on its first conference scheduled, September 21. (DOLE MisOcc)
OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental,-With the increasing COVID-19 cases in the city, 458 employees of the City Government of Ozamiz underwent the swab antigen testing.
The swab antigen is a test where specimens are collected thru nasopharyngeal swabbing (swab test) and results are generated within 30 minutes.
"We are testing our LGU employees through swab antigen to ensure that not only can this government deliver efficient and clean service, but safe and COVID-free as well."
Ozamiz obtained the rapid swab antigen test kits, October 21 and the city finds it imperative to provide the employees of city hall with free swab antigen testing as the city’s proactive initiative in balancing health and economy for the general welfare of Ozamiznons. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)
OROQUIETA, Misamis Occidental-- The City Government of Oroquieta officially signed an agreement with Cosmotech Philippines, Inc. for the use of their contact tracer app called TRAZE.
Traze is an app that uses QR code scanning to trace places and the people that the user has come in contact with.
Tracing process, which is done in several days, can now be achieved in just a few minutes with TRAZE, Mayor Lemuel Meyrick Acosta said.
"With the cases of coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 growing each day, the city government sees hope in the mobile application as it would be very helpful in tracing people who came in contact with COVID positive individuals.," he added.
Acosta encourages all individuals, establishments, barangays, public transportation groups and delivery services crew to start using the app.
He also cited the speedy action of the Sangguniang Panlungsod as the latter approved and created a resolution authorizing the city mayor to enter into MOA with Cosmotech.
The application can be downloaded online by individuals, establishments, schools, logistics, transportation, and others that see the need for contact tracing, ensuring safety against the uncertainties brought about by the pandemic.|SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental
Oroquieta City LGU holds an online signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between Mayor Lemuel Acosta and Jack Federizo, president of Cosmotech Philippines, developer of Traze App. (Oroquieta LGU)
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