The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), through its Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES), has bestowed honors to 20 establishments and three members of the media who have consistently supported its efforts in generating and disseminating accurate labor and employment statistics indispensable to economic growth.
“We honor their efforts in support of decent work opportunities, social protection, and the competitiveness of the Filipino human resource,” said Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz in a statement during the simple awards ceremony at the recent Users Forum on BLES Surveys and Recognition Awards for Partners in Statistics at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.
Recognized during the event were Alpha Plumbing Works, Inc.; Chiang Kai Shek College; Commonwealth Foods, Inc.; Convergys Philippines Services Corp.; D.M. Consunji, Inc.; Emirate Security Systems, Inc.; Fluor Daniel, Inc. Phils.; Frabelle Fishing Corp.; Goldilocks Bakeshop, Inc.; Maersk Global Service Centers (Phils.) Ltd.; Magsaysay Maritime Corp.; Manila Electric Company; Mercury Drug Corp.; Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co.; Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.; San Miguel Corporation; SM Mart, Inc.; Sofitel Philippines Plaza Manila; SENCOR, Inc.; and Value Care Health Systems Inc.
The three media reporters, namely Ronnel W. Domingo of the Philippine Daily Inquirer; Mayen Jaymalin of The Philippine Star; and Kate V. Pedroso also of the Philippine Daily Inquirer also received the awards.
The BLES also accorded special mention to 20 establishments for supporting the BLES. These are AGC Flat Philippines, Inc.; Arellano University; Asia United Bank; Banner Plasticard, Inc.; Cathay Metal Corp.; CE Construction Corp.; Coats Manila Bay; Fortune Packaging Corp. (Fortune and Scanwell Co.); Fujitsu Ten Solutions Phils. Inc.; July Manufacturing Co., Inc.; Pacific Concrete Products, Inc.; Philippine Seven Corp.; Smits Corporate Center; SPI Global Inc.; St. Pedro Poveda College; TCGI Engineers; The Insular Life Assurance Co., Ltd.; Trident International Trading Corp.; University of Sto. Tomas Hospital; and the Wide World Express Corporation.
Assistant Secretary for Labor Standards and Social Protection Ma. Gloria A. Tango, together with National Wages and Productivity Commission Executive Director and former BLES Director Maria Criselda R. Sy, Occupational Safety and Health Center Executive Director Dr. Ma. Teresita Cucueco, and BLES OIC Director Teresa V. Peralta, awarded the DOLE’s Special Plaques of Appreciation to the corporate and media awardees.
In a speech read on her behalf by Assistant Secretary Tango, Baldoz cited the active commitment of the awardees in response to the BLES’s benchmark surveys on Philippine industries and establishments, thus ensuring the generation of sound data to be used as bases for policy making and program formulation of the Philippine government.
The labor and employment chief especially praised the cooperation of the companies and the media in making possible the generation and dissemination of the inputs and results of three important BLES surveys, specifically the Occupational Wages Survey, the BLES Integrated Survey (BITS), and the Labor Turnover Survey.
One of the Bureau’s periodic surveys, the BLES’s Labor Turnover Survey, aims to generate quarterly data on labor turnover (accession and separation rates). The result of this survey provides useful indicators of labor market activity in the Philippines’s economy, for the purpose of generating labor market signals as sound basis in planning, policy formulation and decision-making.
On the other hand, the BLES Integrated Survey generates data every two years on the employment of specific groups of workers, occupational shortages and surpluses, the training of workers, recruitment and hiring practices for entry-level jobs, occupational safety and health practices, the employees’ compensation program, and occupational injuries and diseases. The result of this survey is used in the formulation of policies and programs on employment, conditions of work and industrial relations.
Finally, the Occupational Wages Survey aims to generate statistics for wage and salary administration and for wage determination in collective bargaining negotiations, which serve as useful economic indicators and inputs to wage, income, productivity and price policies, wage fixing and collective bargaining.
Baldoz thanked the establishments and the media reporters for their “support to the DOLE and the BLES in these undertakings, emphasizing: “I believe this entailed extra effort on the part of the officials and employees of the respondent establishments.”
“Indeed, your painstaking efforts are lauded, as you have been loyal partners of the BLES. We cannot over-emphasize the significance of the data you supplied as these have provided valuable inputs to the policies and programs of the government in responding to the needs of the workers and employers alike.”
Finally, Baldoz said that on the part of the media, they deserve all the accolades as they continue to disseminate and spread effectively the BLES Survey results for the benefit of industry including its workers and establishments, the users of labor and employment statistics, and the Filipino public.
On her part, BLES Director Peralta expressed the Bureau’s gratitude and appreciation to the companies and the media for their participation and continuous commitment making possible the accomplishment of the BLES surveys.
Any questions about this release? Please call the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) at tel. no. (632) 527-3000 local 315; e-mail at [email protected] or [email protected]; website address www.bles.dole.gov.ph.