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ARPO hailed as Best National Public Employment Service Office

by Alumni Relations and Placement Office

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM

When it rains, it pours. This year, not only the Alumni Relations and Placement Office (ARPO) was awarded “Regional Best Public Employment Service Office” for two years in a row, Team ARPO was conferred the prestigious “National Best PESO” distinction during the 11th National PESO Congress.

A Team ARPO bested 113 other PESO in the NGO/SUC category. Due to the strict criteria and guidelines, only four educational institutions made it as finalists in the said category including last year’s winner University of Mindanao. In total, there are 1,700 PESO all over the country.

The Search for “National Best PESO” is an annual recognition of the contribution of PESO on employment facilitation programs and of the implementation of relevant initiatives for its constituents. The 11th National PESO Congress, spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and PESO Philippines, Inc., was held at the Waterfront Insular Hotel in Davao City.

Team ARPO prides itself as the only Lasallian school recognized by the government as PESO. The Team has also garnered awards such as the “Best Academe-Based PESO” in 2009, “Finalist in the National Best PESO” in 2010, and “Best Regional PESO” in 2010 and 2011. Earlier, Nathaniel S. Golla, director of ARPO and concurrent UPESO Manager, was adjudged “Outstanding PESO Manager” by the provincial government of Cavite.

“This is an affirmation of the commitment of DLSU-D to support the agenda of the national government in ‘strengthening local employment, of solving the job-skills mismatch, and of pushing back unemployment’. We will continue to serve our fellow Filipinos and every Lasallian on their pursuit for better career opportunities and quality way of life,” Golla shared. The ARPO director also praised the members of the Team, Leo D. Manansala as coordinator of placement services and UPESO Deputy Manager and Menchie L. Peralta as office staff for working beyond the call of duty.

Among the projects of ARPO-UPESO which earned for the University numerous citations are the Alumni Portal, tracer study, scholarship endowment fund, annual job expo, career seminars, pre-employment services such as on-site application of NBI, SSS number, postal ID, cedula, and passport. Notably, Team ARPO opens the pre-employment services and the annual job expo to the external public in an effort to be of service to as many people as possible.

Team ARPO is under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Mission, External Affairs and Advancement under the leadership of Dr. Myrna F.Ramos.