The best performing employees and offices at the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) were finally named during the PRAISE Awarding Ceremony at the Rizal Park Open Air Auditorium, Manila, on December 14, 2022.

Held annually, the Program on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence (PRAISE) aims to recognize the most outstanding employees and offices on the following categories: Loyalty Award, Career & Self-Development Award, Best Labor & Employment Education (LEES) Implementer, Best Single Entry Assistance Desk Officer (SEADO) of the Year, Best Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) Implementer, Best Hearing Officer, Best Labor Inspector, Best Performing SPES Focal Person, Best Performing TUPAD Focal Person, Best Performing Livelihood Focal Person, Best Sheriff of the Year, Best Performing Special Disbursing Officer Designate, Best Performing Human Resource (HR) Designate, Best Performing Information Officer (IO) Designate, Best Performing Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) Office, Best Quality Management System (QMS) Office Implementer, Best Field Office in Employment Facilitation, Best Field Office in Workers Welfare, Innovation Award, and Model Employee Award.

In her inspirational message, DOLE-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol saluted all employees of the Department for their dedication and hardwork.

“I am forever grateful for your valuable contributions. Maraming salamat sa inyong mga sakripisyo and for going beyond the call of your duties,” she said.

DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Directors, Atty. Russel A. Jallorina and Atty. Jude Thomas P. Trayvilla joined Director Mirasol in conferring the awards together with the respective Field Office Directors and Division Heads of the nominees and winners.

The loyalty awardees who have dedicated 10-40 years of service were Mr. Ferdinand S. Barrios (Administrative Aide VI / 10 years), Mr. Allen Anthony F. Fuentes (Senior LEO / 10 years), Mr. Christopher Ryan M. Dacio (Senior LEO / 15 years), Mr. Romeo R. Acanto (Administrative Assistant III / 20 years), Ms. Cordella C. Delos Santos (LEO III / 20 years), Ms. Richie D. Ticyado (Senior LEO / 20 years), Ms. Ellen M. Jimenez (LEO III / 25 years), Ms. Maria Fe T. Rodriguez (Senior LEO / 25 years), Ms. Aurora E. Halcon (Senior LEO / 35 years), and Mr. Fermin V. Sabado (Administrative Assistant V / 40 years).

(L-R): Mr. Ferdinand S. Barrios, Mr. Allen Anthony F. Fuentes, Mr. Romeo R. Acanto, Mr. Christopher Ryan M. Dacio, Ms. Ellen M. Jimenez, Atty. Russel A. Jallorina (Assistant Regional Director), Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol (Regional Director), Atty. Jude Thomas P. Trayvilla (Assistant Regional Director), Ms. Aurora E. Halcon, Ms. Cordella C. Delos Santos, Mr. Fermin V. Sabado, Ms. Maria Fe T. Rodriguez, and Ms. Richie D. Ticyado.

 

Employees who have furthered their career and self-development were also given recognition, including Mr. Robert B. Diaz (LEO III), Ms. Edelyn T. Galos (LEO III), Mr. Shari Klent B. Intong (Senior LEO), and Mr. Reizan Aizor R. Payumo (LEO III).

(L-R): Ms. Edelyn T. Galos, Mr. Shari Klent B. Intong, Atty. Russel A. Jallorina (ARD), Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol (RD), Atty. Jude Thomas P. Trayvilla (ARD), Mr. Robert B. Diaz, and Mr. Reizan Aizor R. Payumo.

 

Mr. Teddy B. Bayron (Senior LEO) prevailed as the Best LEES Implementer over Ms. Erika M. Paule (Senior LEO), Ms. Maria Rosanna S. Sanariz (Senior LEO), and the MUNTAPARLAS Field Office.

(L-R): Ms. Rowella V. Grande (CAMANAVA Field Office Director; on behalf of Mr. Teddy B. Bayron), Ms. Erika M. Paule, Ms. Maria Rosanna S. Sanariz, and Mr. Leonides P. Castillon Jr. (MUNTAPARLAS Field Office Director).

 

Ms. Maria Lerma D. Jimenez (Senior LEO) won the Best TIPC Implementer over Ms. Charity O. Guerra (Senior LEO), Ms. Antonia S. Ang (Senior LEO), and Ms. Cordella C. Delos Santos (LEO III).

(L-R): Ms. Maria Lerma D. Jimenez, Ms. Charity O. Guerra, Ms. Cordella C. Delos Santos, and Ms. Antonia S. Ang.

 

Ms. Maria Lerma D. Jimenez (Senior LEO) was also named the Best SEADO of the Year over Mr. Aljess Gil S. Agoncillo (Senior LEO), Ms. Ellen M. Jimenez (LEO III), Mr. Gerry P. Malgapo (LEO III), Ms. Jeliza E. Manaligod (LEO III), and Ms. Mary Jane G. Murillo (Administrative Assistant III).

(L-R): Ms. Mary Jane G. Murillo, Ms. Jeliza F. Manaligod, Mr. Gerry P. Malgapo, Ms. Maria Lerma D. Jimenez, Ms. Ellen M. Jimenez, and Mr. Aljess Gil S. Agoncillo.

 

Ms. Jocelyn H. Ancheta (Senior LEO) received the Best Hearing Officer Award over Ms. Amelita B. Jimenez (Senior LEO), Mr. Mike V. Launio (Senior LEO), Mr. Zoren Paul R. Maglalang (Senior LEO), Mr. Prince Michael M. Marasigan (Senior LEO), and Ms. Caselyn M. Quiñones (Senior LEO).

(L-R): Ms. Caselyn M. Quiñones, Mr. Prince Michael M. Marasigan, Mr. Zoren Paul R. Maglalang, Mr. Mike V. Launio, Ms. Amelita B. Jimenez, and Ms. Jocelyn H. Ancheta.

 

Mr. Narciso S. De Leon Jr. (LEO III) won the Best Labor Inspector Award over Mr. Joseph Ryan L. Manandeg (LEO III), Mr. Sir Franco S. Manlulu III (Senior LEO), Ms. Ma. Cecilia E. Millares (Senior LEO), Mr. Regino N. Otadoy Jr. (Senior LEO), and Mr. Emiliano A. Pura III (Senior LEO).

(L-R): Mr. Emiliano A. Pura III, Mr. Regino N. Otadoy Jr., Ms. Ma. Cecilia E. Millares, Mr. Sir Franco S. Manlulu III, Mr. Joseph Ryan L. Manandeg, and Mr. Narciso S. De Leon Jr.

 

The Best Performing SPES Focal Person Award went to Ms. Laurejer Pam A. Fijer (Senior LEO) over Ms. Jenneth C. Bonghanoy (Administrative Aide VI), Ms. Jessa Vhie C. Brillantes (LEO III), Ms. Jesusa R. Raymundo (Administrative Assistant III), and Mr. Harry T. Teneza (LEO III).

(L-R): Mr. Harry T. Teneza, Ms. Jesusa R. Raymundo, Ms. Laurejer Pam A. Fijer, Ms. Jessa Vhie C. Brillantes, and Ms. Jenneth C. Bonghanoy.

 

Ms. Maritess D. Bassig (Senior LEO) was recognized as the Best Performing TUPAD Focal Person, besting Ms. Maureen Chloe T. De Guzman (LEO III), Mr. Caesar C. Dela Cruz (LEO III), Mr. Adrian Paul B. Dumaquit (LEO II), Ms. Edelyn T. Galos (LEO III), and Ms. Mary Lauren B. Resulta (LEO III).

(L-R): Ms. Mary Lauren B. Resulta, Ms. Edelyn T. Galos, Mr. Adrian Paul B. Dumaquit, Ms. Ma. Corazon M. Pepito (then Manila Field Office Director; on behalf of Mr. Caesar C. Dela Cruz), Ms. Maureen Chloe T. De Guzman, and Ms. Maritess D. Bassig.

 

Ms. Eritza B. Molea (Senior LEO) won the Best Performing Livelihood Focal Person over Ms. Regina V. Balasbas (Senior LEO), Ms. Divina Gracia R. Dean (LEO III), Ms. Rachel H. Roldan (Administrative Assistant III), Ms. Mary Ann V. Teneza (Senior LEO), and Ms. Isabella L. Usigan (LEO III).

(L-R): Ms. Isabella L. Usigan, Ms. Mary Ann V. Teneza, Ms. Rachel H. Roldan, Ms. Eritza B. Molea, Ms. Divina Gracia R. Dean, and Ms. Ma. Corazon M. Pepito (then Manila Field Office Director; on behalf of Ms. Regina V. Balasbas).

 

Three winners were named as the Best Performing Special Disbursing Officer Designate, including Ms. Edelyn T. Galos (LEO III), Ms. Ma. Jobelle S. Leoncio (Senior LEO), and Ms. Maureen Chloe T. De Guzman (LEO III). Other nominees for the award were Ms. Rosary G. Cutanda (LEO III) and Ms. Nora G. Garcia (LEO III).

(L-R): Ms. Ma. Jobelle S. Leoncio, Ms. Nora G. Garcia, Ms. Edelyn T. Galos, Ms. Maureen Chloe T. De Guzman, and Ms. Rosary G. Cutanda.

 

Also winning an award is Ms. Marilyn M. Saniel (Administrative Assistant III) for the Best Performing Human Resource Designate. She bested Mr. Leonardo G. Beliganio (LEO III), Ms. Janrelyn C. Oliva (Administrative Aide VI), Ms. Rosary G. Cutanda (LEO III), Ms. Ericka D. Escalada (Administrative Aide VI), and Ms. Edelyn T. Galos (LEO III).

(L-R): Ms. Edelyn T. Galos, Ms. Rosary G. Cutanda, Ms. Marilyn M. Saniel, Ms. Ericka D. Escalada, Ms. Janrelyn C. Oliva, and Mr. Leonardo G. Beliganio.

 

The Best Performing Information Officer Designate went to Ms. Aries A. Librando (LEO I) over Ms. Ericka D. Escalada (Administrative Aide VI), Ms. Mary Chelsea A. Espinosa (LEO II), Mr. Francisco S. Orallo Jr. (LEO III), and Mr. Kristofferson L. Sta. Cruz (LEO III).

(L-R): Mr. Kristofferson L. Sta. Cruz, Mr. Francisco S. Orallo Jr., Ms. Aries A. Librando, Ms. Mary Chelsea A. Espinosa, and Ms. Ericka D. Escalada.

 

For the Innovation Award, DOLE-NCR did not have a winner but acknowledged its three nominees on stage: Ms. Louie Ann N. Abello (Senior LEO), Mr. Jonathan D. Fortin (LEO III), and Mr. Mark Jerome S. Sibal (Senior LEO).

(L-R): Atty. Jude Thomas P. Trayvilla (ARD), Mr. Mark Jerome S. Sibal, Mr. Jonathan D. Fortin, Ms. Louie Ann N. Abello, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol (RD), and Atty. Russel A. Jallorina (ARD).

 

The Best Sheriff of the Year was given to Mr. Ronaldo P. Espinosa (Sheriff II), while the Model Employee Award was given to Mr. Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes (Senior LEO) who has bagged the same award for 3 consecutive years. Other nominees for the latter were Mr. Regalado A. Abejero (Administrative Aide II), Mr. Aljess Gil S. Agoncillo (Senior LEO), Mr. Joseph A. Arriola (Senior LEO), Ms. Ma. Jobelle S. Leoncio (Senior LEO), Ms. Ma. Elizabeth R. Rocacurva (Administrative Aide VI), Ms. Maureen B. Rondain (Senior LEO), and Mr. Fredie S. Tubig (Senior LEO).

TOP PHOTO (L-R): Atty. Jude Thomas P. Trayvilla (ARD), Mr. Ronaldo P. Espinosa, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol (RD), and Atty. Russel A. Jallorina (ARD). BOTTOM PHOTO (L-R): Mr. Fredie S. Tubig, Ms. Maureen B. Rondain, Ms. Elizabeth R. Rocacurva, Ms. Ma. Jobelle S. Leoncio, Mr. Ryan Roberto E. Delos Reyes, Mr. Joseph A. Arriola, and Mr. Aljess Gil S. Agoncillo.

 

DOLE-NCR also recognized the best performing offices aside from individual awards. The Internal Management Services Division (IMSD) and Makati-Pasay Field Office (MPFO) were named the Best Performing ARTA Office; CAMANAVA Field Office (CFO) and Technical Support & Services Division – Labor Relations / Labor Standards (TSSD-LRLS) as the Best QMS Office Implementer; Makati-Pasay Field Office as the Best Field Office in Employment Facilitation; and MUNTAPARLAS Field Office as the Best Field Office in Workers Welfare.

 

Meanwhile, the ceremony also gave way for Atty. Olivia Obrero-Samson’s official oath-taking for being appointed as full-fledged Director II of Makati-Pasay Field Office.

DOLE-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol administers the oath-taking of Atty. Olivia Obrero-Samson for being appointed as full-fledged Director II of the Makati-Pasay Field Office. The ceremony was witnessed by DOLE-NCR senior officials.

 

DOLE-NCR also recognized Labor Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma’s conferment of the ‘Certificate of Commendation’ to Atty. Mirasol, Atty. Jallorina, and Atty. Trayvilla last December 5, 2022 for consistently achieving an Outstanding Career Executive Service Performance Evaluation System (CESPES) ratings for the Second Semester 2021 and First Semester 2022.

In recognition for their unwavering public service, the regional office also had a special ceremony for the retirement of Ms. Ma. Corazon M. Pepito, outgoing Director of the Manila Field Office and Ms. Maria Lerma D. Jimenez, outgoing Senior LEO of the Makati-Pasay Field Office.

Several bands and dance groups from the Department also performed during the program, such as Mighty Duxz Troop, MaCaNaVa Band, Pegasus Club, EPWOW Dance Group, MUNTAPARLAS Chorale Group, Bokal Band with Kendeng Girls, Da Duo’s, Good Vibes Band, Chugi Band, and Bagani.

END / Esteban Chua Jr. with report from Luella Abian