Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has urged DOLE researchers to redirect their research efforts and energy towards researches that support the national government’s thrust of making the Filipino workforce more competitive in the midst of the ASEAN economic integration and the growing inter-connectedness of the rest of the world.
In her message at the 4th DOLE Research Conference delivered on her behalf by OIC Undersecretary Nicon F. Fameronag, Secretary Baldoz said the increasing regionalization and integration of economies, which affects the mobility of Filipino talents and brings forth the challenge to make local industries, especially micro, small, and medium enterprises, to be very competitive necessitate researches and studies that make available information on human resource development strategies; assessment of programs for skills development to enhance employability; labor laws compliance system attuned to labor market realities, such as making compliance easy and friendly, social protection consideration; and social dialogue mechanisms.
“Research and statistics is one of the areas of Outcome 4 of our Roadmap to Decent Work. This emphasizes the role of research and statistics in evidence-based policy and decision making processes of the DOLE,” said Baldoz.
She emphasized that data and information from quality research outputs significantly influence innovation and improvement of DOLE policies, programs, and services.
“They contribute, to a large extent, to expanding the scope of our interventions by pointing out policy and implementation gaps and recommending priorities for action,” she declared.
She further said that research and statistics are catalysts of change, for they provide evidence of past, present, and future actions.
“It is in this respect that we continue to increase the capacity of our researchers for them to embark on researches and studies that we can use in action-planning and decision-making based on reliable, correct, and up-to-date information,” she further said.
Baldoz congratulated the researchers from the National Maritime Polytechnic, National Wages and Productivity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Center, Employees Compensation Commission, Bureau of Working Conditions, and the ILS headed by Director Mary Grace Riguer for taking advantage of the conference to disseminate their research findings and recommendations which could be relevant to the DOLE’s pursuit of its mandates.
“It pleases me that the Conference, which used to be just an ILS activity, has become a venue for discussion by DOLE researchers of their researches. You have a rich harvest of researches that could be very useful to the DOLE and its clients,” she said.
In this year’s research conference, 17 researches were the subject of a two-day discussion. These are (1) Tracer Study of OWWA Skills for Employment Scholarship Program by Jhemarie Chris Bernas of the ILS; (2) Tracer Study of OWWA’s Education for Development Scholarship Program by Paulina Kim Pacete of the ILS; (3) Tracer Study of Graduates: The NMP Experience by Ma. Nissa C. Espiritu of the NMP; (4) Study on Productivity Improvement Practices and Gainsharing Schemes of SMEs by the NWPC;
(5) Documenting Practices in Human Resource Development Planning by Bernard Paul M. Mangulabnan of the ILS; (6) Survey of Filipino Migrant Worker Returnees from Qatar by Carl Rookie Daquio of the ILS; (7) Fostering Voluntary Compliance: An Assessment of the Labor Laws Compliance System by Joyce Anne S. Lumactud of the ILS; (8) Contracting Arrangement in the Retail Industry by Ivan Cassidy Villena of the ILS; (9) Strengthening Public Sector Unionism: Determining Bottlenecks in the Approval Process of Collective Negotiations Agreement (CNA) among State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) by Patrick Patriwirawan, Jr. of the ILS;
(10) Examining the Portability of Social Security Benefits among Migrant Workers in the APEC Region by Miraluna S. Tacadao of the ILS; (11) Employees Compensation Program-Medical Benefits Policy: A Proposal to Apply a Case Rate System for Reimbursement of Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenses by Joana DV Camacho of the ILS; (12) Maternity Leave Extension-Cost-Benefit Analysis by Atty. Stephanie B. Tabladillo of the ILS;
(13) Gap Analysis of ILO Convention 188 by Brenalyn A. Peji of the ILS; (14) Status of Implementation of Occupational Safety and Health Policies and Programs in Selected Government Agencies in Metro Manila by Dr. Jehremias Florante of the OSHC; (15) Needlestick and Sharp Injuries Among Healthcare Workers in Level 3 Hospitals in Metro Manila by Dr. Reynold M. Sta. Ana of the OSHC; (16) A Study on the Occupational Safety and Health Status of Contractors and Sub-Contractors of Supermalls and Supermarkets in the National Capital Region by Dr. Darryl Lucian Bautista of the OSHC; and (17) Challenges in Reforming Current Social Protection Policies: Equalizing the Rate of Reimbursement of Laboratory and Diagnostic Rates Between Employees’ Compensation Beneficiaries in the Public and Private Sector by Dr. Raymond Bañaga of the ECC.
Baldoz encouraged the DOLE researchers to sustain their efforts in improving the quality of research, pledging that she will strengthen the DOLE IAC-RSM as the mechanism for linking research, policy and practice, through continual improvement of research processes and human resource development interventions for researchers.
“It is high time that the Committee be given flexibility to forge stronger partnership with statistical offices, academe, research institutions and other organizations for technical assistance. We also want to have closer linkage with the Philippine Statistics Authority in statistical support and data interpretation, through our representation in their board,” Baldoz said.