Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday announced that the DOLE will lead in the holding of the Labor Day celebration for Workers in Informal Economy (WIE) today, 6 May 2015, at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City.

“The celebration of Labor Day for Workers in Informal Economy is in line with Proclamation 1215 which declares May 1 to 7 of each year as ‘Linggo ng Paggawa’”, said Baldoz.

“This year’s Labor Day celebration for WIEs gives due recognition to their contributions to the country’s economic and social development,” Baldoz added.

“With a theme of Aming Kasanayan, Tungo sa Disenteng Kabuhayan, the DOLE and its agencies and partners aim to strengthen the competitiveness and employability of workers in the informal economy,” she continued.

For this year’s celebration, Baldoz said the DOLE and its partners—National Anti-Poverty Commission-Workers in Informal Sector (NAPC-WIS), Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), DOLE National Capital Region, and Employees Compensation Commission (ECC)—have lined up meaningful activities, programs, and services that will directly benefit specific informal workers.

One of these are the members of the Association of Construction and Informal Workers (ACIW), a duly accredited technical and vocational skills testing center of the TESDA, who will be provided each a P500 cash voucher for Competency Assessment and Certification.

Recipients of the voucher have one month to consume their cash voucher.

Aside from the awarding of cash vouchers, the DOLE, through the TESDA, will also provide WIEs with skills demonstration on food processing, fashion accessories-making, paper recycling, flower arrangement, and perfume making as livelihood options for participating workers.

A competency assessment and certification for scaffolding will also be conducted.

To enhance workers’ knowledge on their selected skills, an orientation on Training for Work Scholarship Program will also be provided. On the part of the DOLE-NCR, it will conduct an orientation on the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program.

This year’s DOLE Committee on Labor Day celebration for Workers in Informal Economy is chaired by Assistant Secretary Ma. Gloria A. Tango. She is assisted by Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba of the BWSC as vice chairperson; and by ECC Executive Director Stella Banawis as member.

Baldoz commended the DOLE’s agencies and bureaus, and their partners, for the successful conduct of this year’s Labor Day celebration for WIEs.

“I urge and invite all workers from the informal economy to attend this event. We made this for your, for your benefit and welfare,” said Baldoz.

END/jda

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