Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the DOLE’s latest government sector partner on the Assist WELL Program, the Department of Health (DOH).
Secretary Baldoz inked the MOU with DOH through Bureau of International Health Cooperation Director Maylene M. Beltran, who represented Health Secretary Janette Garin.
Held at the Hive Hotel and Convention Place in Quezon City, the signing of the MOU is one of the highlights of the launching of the enhanced PhilJobNet, the government’s official job search, job matching, and labor market information portal.
“This DOLE-DOH collaboration is part of our continued effort to strengthen the implementation of the Assist WELL Program. The MOU that we have crafted aims to benefit registered health professionals and other jobseekers who are from other allied health fields,” the DOLE chief said.
Through the MOU, the two government agencies aim to expand their reach by enabling registered health professionals and other jobseekers in PhilJobNet to avail of more employment opportunities in the health service sector, particularly the OFW health professionals, such as, but not limited to, nurses, midwives, and caregivers, who have been displaced in the Middle East.
“With the uncertainty of events taking place overseas, particularly in the Middle East, the Philippine government has put up a comprehensive contingency measure to ensure the safety and well-being of OFWs,” the DOLE chief said.
“In January this year, I have issued Administrative Order No. 21 series of 2016 that mandates the setting up Assist WELL processing centers to enable a synchronized and systematic delivery of assistance to returning or to repatriated OFWs,” she added.
The Assist WELL Program is a convergence of services that the DOLE’s family of agencies provide to address OFWs’ reintegration needs. The WELL stands for Welfare, Employment, Legal, and Livelihood.
“In this program, we recognize that maximum coordination among all concerned government agencies is needed. Our MOU with DOH is one of the strategies that we are implementing to help our OFWs,” Baldoz said.
Aside from employment facilitation, the DOLE-DOH collaboration also expands the database of human resource for health (HRH) through the PhilJobNet and paves the way for demand and supply analysis of HRH data nationwide.
Under the MOU, the DOLE shall coordinate with the DOH in the implementation of the Assist WELL Program, particularly in the posting of job vacancies and issuance of referral letters.
The DOLE shall also provide DOH, including its affiliates, access within the PhilJobNet system to enable the posting of public health related job vacancies such as, but not limited to, nurses, midwives, caregivers, and public health assistants.
Lastly, the DOLE shall place the DOH E-Jobs ad banner image or logo in a strategic location at the PhilJobNet homepage that will enable easy access to the DOH website.
On the other hand, the MOU states that the DOH shall endorse the Assist WELL program to all its regional offices and public hospitals.
The DOH shall also issue relevant policies to mandate all its regional offices and hospitals to post vacancies in the E-Jobs for Health website and identify positions that can be filled up by qualified repatriated OFWs.
Lastly, the DOH shall place the PhilJobNet ad banner image or logo in a strategic location at the DOH homepage that will enable easy access to the PhilJobNet website.
The MOU shall take effect from the date of its signing and shall remain valid for one year. Thereafter, the MOU shall be reviewed and may be renewed upon the written consent of both parties.
Expressing optimism, Baldoz said: “We are looking forward to a strengthened partnership with DOH as we will be meeting from time to time to study other collaborative arrangements that we can enter into so that we can widen the employment opportunities for health professionals.”
The Department of Health is the principal health agency in the Philippines responsible for ensuring access to basic public health services to all Filipinos through the provision of quality health care and regulation of providers of health goods and services.