Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III enjoined officials and employees of his department to renew their commitment to continue working to uplift the condition of the Filipino workers and guarantee that their rights are protected in the workplaces.
Bello made the call as the Department of Labor and Employment marks its 83rd founding anniversary today amid fresh challenges of fulfilling its mandate to ensure that more employment opportunities are made available, decent and secured labor is enjoyed, and workers get the rightful share of their toil.
“Today, we raise our fists in reaffirmation of the Duterte Administration’s commitment in the service of the Filipino workingman – for labor and employment reforms and uphold the rights and dignity of the Filipino workers,” he said.
With the theme “Mahusay na Serbisyo para sa Masayang Mamamayan at Maunlad na Bayan,” anniversary activities are focused on the employees and officials of the department.
“We celebrate the talents and creativity of our people,” Bello said, stressing that employees and officials are key in enhancing and transforming DOLE into an efficient, responsive, purposeful and accountable institution.
In the provinces, DOLE’s regional offices had set commemorative activities with clients and social partners. These include job and trade fairs; recognition of stakeholders; fun runs; livelihood assistance awards to beneficiaries; training and seminars on entrepreneurships; and service caravans.
Bello said the regional activities underscore efforts to raise awareness on DOLE’s long years of providing efficient and responsive services, and showcase the convergence of programs and services crucial to national development, particularly in uplifting the lives of Filipino workers and their families.
Starting as a small bureau in 1908, DOLE became a department in December 8, 1933 by virtue of Commonwealth Act No. 4121. It was renamed Ministry of Labor and Employment in 1980, and again renamed Department of Labor and Employment after the 1986 EDSA Revolution.
As a frontline agency, it plays a strategic role in the advancement of the Filipino working man. It formulates policies, implements programs and services, and serves as the policy-coordinating arm of the executive branch in labor and employment pursuant to Executive Order 126 of 1986 and the mandate of the Labor Code.
Being the agency primarily tasked to enforce the Magna Carta of Labor, DOLE promotes gainful employment opportunities, develops human resources, protects workers and their families, and maintains industrial peace.
Today, the DOLE prides itself of five bureaus—Bureau of Local Employment, Bureau of Labor Relations, Bureau of Working Conditions, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, and International Labor Affairs Bureau; seven services–Internal Audit Service, Planning Service, Human Resource Development Service, Administrative Service, Legal Service, Financial Management Service and Information and Publication Service; 16 regional offices; and 12 attached agencies–Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; Institute for Labor Studies; Professional Regulations Commission; National Wages and Productivity Commission; National Conciliation and Mediation Board; National Labor Relations Commission; Employees Compensation Commission; National Maritime Polytechnic; Occupational Safety and Health Center; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; and National Reintegration Center for OFWs.
It also has 36 overseas offices in Hong Kong; Macau; Tokyo; Osaka; Singapore; Kuala Lumpur; Brunei Darussalam; Taipei; Kaohsiung; Taichung; Korea; and Canberra in the Asia Pacific; Riyadh; Unaizah Central Region Office; Al Khobar; Jeddah; Abu Dhabi; Dubai; Bahrain; Kuwait; Lebanon; Libya; Qatar; Oman; Israel; and Jordan in the Middle east; Saipan; Washington; and Canada in the Americas and Trust Territories; Rome; Milan; Geneva; Madrid; Greece; Cyprus; and London in Europe.
The DOLE has a manpower complement of 9,806.
As a frontline government institution, the DOLE continually seeks ways to improve its services delivery to its large clientele consisting of 41.2 million Filipino workers; 3.62 million temporary migrants working in 215 destinations worldwide; and employees in 782,980 establishments, of which 96 percent are micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).