Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III has revamped the agencies and offices of the Department of Labor and Employment and clustered its services to effectively implement its programs and render efficient public service.

 

“We have to do this for greater efficiency, cost-effectiveness and consistency in policy and program implementation to better serve the needs of the workers and immediately respond to their issues and concerns,” Bello said.

 

Administrative Order No. 41 designates Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod as the head of Labor Relations and Special Concerns Cluster, who will supervise the policy and programs operations of Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR), Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) and National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB).

 

Usec. Maglunsod will be supported by Assistant Secretary Ma. Gloria A. Tango in overseeing the bureaus and in the review of orders arising from the conciliation and mediation cases that need immediate action by the Secretary.

 

The Workers Welfare and Protection, Human Resources, and Financial Services Cluster is headed by Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III. He will be responsible for the policy program coordination of the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA), Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), and Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).

 

With the support of Assistant Secretary Amuerfina R. Reyes, Lagunzad was also tasked to oversee DOLE’s human resources and financial affairs, as well as to handle or take charge of the department’s internal auditing services.

 

Undersecretary Dominador R. Say will head the Employment and Policy Support Cluster, with the support of Assistant Secretary Alex V. Avila.

 

The Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Institute of Labor and Studies and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will be supervised by Undersecretary Dominador R. Say.

 

Usec. Say will be supported by Assistant Secretray Alex V. Avila in performing the cluster function, including the supervision of the Planning Service and Information and Publication Service.

 

Additionally, Asec. Avila will assist all the cluster heads in the discharge of their functions relative to the formulation of plans and policies, and should ensure policy coherence to the eight-point labor and employment agenda.

 

The Human Capital Development and Regional Operations Cluster will be headed by Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia. He will be responsible for policy and program coordination of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) and National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP).

 

Usec. Olalia will be supported by Assistant Secretary Federico V. Abuan Jr., in overseeing the cluster, including the supervision of DOLE Regional Offices.

 

The Legal, Legislative and International Affairs cluster of DOLE will be under the supervision of Undersecretary Claro A. Arellano. He will be responsible for the policy and program coordination of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), as well as the operations of International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB), including all Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs).

 

Assistant Secretary Ma. Joji V. Aragon will provide support to Usec. Arellano in performing his functions, as well as in supervising the Legal Service, Department Legislative Liason Office (DLLO) and the International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB).

 

Moreover, Assistant Secretary Mariano R. Alquiza will support Usec. Arellano on the general works/services, infrastructure or building concerns and other related services.

 

The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), by virtue of Office of the President Executive Order No.1, series of 2016, is transferred under the supervision of the Office of the Cabinet Secretary.

 

However, per Republic Act No. 7796 or the TESDA Act of 1994, the labor secretary will remain the chairperson of the TESDA Board.

 

###Abegail De Vega

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