Fifteen types of research anchored on Secretary Silvestre H. Bello’s 8-Point Labor and Employment Agenda, and aligned with the Department’s goal “to have responsive, enabling, and equitable labor policies, laws, and regulations” were produced by the Institute for Labor Studies this 2017.
As DOLE’s policy research and advocacy arm, ILS produced studies on the Philippine qualifications framework, employment facilitation program addressing displacement of workers, labor inspection, contracting arrangements, disposition of cases, workplace productivity, and design thinking as applied to regional operations.
Research on OFW reintegration, child labor, occupational safety and health in mines, social amelioration of sugar workers, and employment of Persons With Work-Related Disabilities were also undertaken during the year.
The researches were presented during the 6th DOLE Research Conference on December 12-13, 2017, which continues to serve as a venue for members of the DOLE Inter-Agency Committee on Research and Statistical Matters (IAC-RSM).
The conference highlighted the research findings in contribution to policy and program enhancement in the Department. Gaps across the four pillars of decent work: rights at work, employment opportunities for all, social protection and social dialogue, were also tackled.
The ILS, which serves as the Secretariat for the DOLE IAC-RSM since its inception in 2011, has been able to monitor and support the development and completion of research in the various areas of labor and employment, all contributing to policy discourse.
One notable ILS research has even resulted in the creation of various laws, such as the “Green Jobs Act,” with the end goal of achieving decent work for all.