The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) celebrates its 82nd Foundation Day Anniversary on 8 December 2015 on a reflective theme, “82 Taong Mahusay Na Serbisyo sa Manggagawang Pilipino.”
“This year’s celebratory activities will focus on the employees and officials of the Department. In the past, the Department’s anniversary has centered on various outreach activities for its clients and beneficiaries. However, on its 82nd anniversary, the employees and officials of the DOLE will take center stage as a demonstration of the Department’s concern for its people, its best resource,” said Secretary Baldoz.
Baldoz said the Department remains steadfast and committed to the pursuit of an innovative, caring, and excellent DOLE.
“The Department has remained relevant because of the DOLE’s brand of public service excellence and strong commitment to provide Filipino workers prompt, better, and efficient services,” Baldoz added.
For the week-long anniversary celebration, the DOLE, she said, has lined up various activities that recognize the milestones and innovations that DOLE officials and employees, in cooperation with social and tripartite partners, have wrought especially in the last five years.
Due of the recognition will be through the Secretary’s Best Documentary Award, which is an acknowledgment of the finest and exemplary programs and services of DOLE regional offices and attached agencies. The Award seeks to underscore the impact of DOLE programs and services to the lives of beneficiaries, with emphasis on quality, integrity, creativity, and excellence.
On 8 December, Baldoz will also unveil “Retro@82”, a photo exhibit which will essay in visual form the creation of the Bureau of Labor in 1933 and subsequent events which led to the formation of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The photo exhibit will particularly highlight DOLE achievements in the last five years under the leadership of Secretary Baldoz.
In the regions, the Department’s 16 regional offices nationwide will conduct 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.
“The regional activities underscore our efforts to raise public awareness on the DOLE’s 82 years of providing excellent and relevant services. The activities also showcase our convergence in the delivery of programs and services crucial to national development, particularly in uplifting the lives of Filipino workers and their families,” Baldoz said.
Starting as a small bureau in 1908, the DOLE became a Department on 8 December 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.
The DOLE’s organizational functions are in accordance with Executive Order 126 and the Labor Code of the Philippines. 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.
The Department promotes gainful employment opportunities, develops human resources, protects workers and their families, and maintains industrial peace. It is tasked to enforce the provisions of the Labor Code of the Philippines. Under Secretary Baldoz, the DOLE has pursued myriad reform programs, including responsive labor and employment policies on addressing jobs-skills mismatch; facilitating employment; promoting workers’ rights and welfare; strengthening tripartite cooperation and promoting industrial peace; and streamlining procedures and removing red tape.
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 Labor Communications Office; 16 regional offices; 12 attached agencies, namely, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration; Philippine Overseas Employment Administration; Institute of Labor Studies; Philippine Regulatory Commission; National Wages and Productivity Commission; National Conciliation and Mediation Board; National Labor Relation Commission; Employees Compensation Commission; National Maritime Polytechnic; Occupational Safety and Health Center; Technical Education and Skills Development Authroity; and National Reintegration for OFWs; and 36 overseas offices 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 employers in 782,980 establishments, of which 96 percent are micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).