Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has commended the officials and staff of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) for planting 600 rambutan seedlings in Tanauan, Batangas.

“I fully appreciate your effort to contribute to the Green Our DOLE Program,” Baldoz said after receiving the report on the BWSC activity from Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba.

Satumba said BWSC’s 55 officials and personnel took a time off from their work and went to Barangay Bagbag in Tanauan, Batangas to plant the seedlings. Assistant Secretary Gloria A. Tango, who joined the BWSC in the activity, urged Bureau officials and staff to  enhance cooperation to meet  the targets set Secretary Baldoz in providing decent and productive employment to Filipino workers and in extending social protection to the vulnerable.

“We coordinated our activity with the Community Affairs Department of the City Government of Tanauan headed by Angelina  L. Amat, a former employee of the then Bureau of Rural Workers (BRW); Batangas Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO); and Tanauan City’s Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO),” Satumba said.

Baldoz said the BWSC’s rambutan fruit trees contributes to the government’s National Greening Program whose goal is to plant 1.6 billion trees by 2016. It is also in compliance with DOLE Administrative Order No. 269-11, which Baldoz issued in 2011, providing the guidelines of tree planting by DOLE agencies.

Director Satumba also reported that the tree-planting activity also was an occasion for the BWSC to conduct team-building to establish camaraderie among the staff and to enable them to appreciate the importance of working as a team to achieve BWSC’s objectives.

“Greater tasks are ahead of the BWSC to enhance social protection for our clients, specifically the vulnerable workers,” Satumba remarked.

MAYBELLE P. FRIANEZA, Labor Communications  Officer, BWSC

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