As part of the Department of Labor and Employment’s agenda to have responsive, enabling, and equitable labor policies, laws, and regulations, the members of the DOLE Inter-Agency Committee on Research and Statistical Matters (DOLE IAC-RSM) recently held a meeting to present their research commitments which will form part of the DOLE Research Agenda 2017-2022.

The research commitments presented, which encompass the areas of employment, social dialogue, social protection, and labor governance, were part of the results of the strategic planning session held by the DOLE IAC-RSM late in November 2016.

Assistant Secretary for Employment and Policy Support Alex V. Avila, who presided the meeting, lauded the research efforts of the Committee members.

He emphasized the significant role that research plays in the development and improvement of policies, thereby improving the delivery of the Department’s programs and services.

At the same time, he encouraged DOLE IAC-RSM members to align their research commitments with national goals such as the Trabaho, Negosyo, Kabuhayan Blueprint for Decent Employment and the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.

Created in 2014, the DOLE IAC-RSM builds and strengthens the statistical capacity of DOLE toward proper targeting, planning, monitoring, and evaluation of programs, projects, and activities.

Specifically, the Committee’s role is to formulate the statistical and research agenda of the DOLE; conduct regular meetings to monitor the progress of agenda items and submit reports to the Secretary; develop statistical protocols, policies, and guidelines; serve as venue for proposing, discussing, reviewing, and clearing inter-agency statistical and research programs, projects, and activities, for endorsement to, and approval of, the Secretary; and facilitate capacity-building activities.

The DOLE IAC-RSM conducts quarterly meetings to update members on the progress of their committed research activities. It also holds an annual research conference, led by the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS), where Committee members present the results of their studies.

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