Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said 319 employees of the DOLE have benefitted from foreign and local scholarships and training during the last five years of President Benigno S. Aquino III’s administration.
“These foreign and local scholarships and training further enhanced the growth and development of the DOLE’s human resource, our best asset,” she said.
“The provision of training to our employees is part of our efforts to have a competent, productive, and values-driven DOLE core of public servants,” Baldoz added.
She cited a report of Director Liwayway Ilo of the DOLE’s Human Resource and Development Service (HRDS), saying the HRDS offered 223 foreign and 96 local scholarships to DOLE employees from 2010 to 2015 under sponsorships of various agencies.
The number was 53 percent higher than that in the past administration, which offered 79 foreign and 96 local scholarships, or a total of 170 scholarships, from 2005 to 2010.
In her report, Dir. Ilo said the HRDS received 188 foreign and local scholarship invitations from January to June 2015. To these invitations, the DOLE sent 105 employees who were accepted by sponsoring agencies to participate. The bulk of the 105 training and scholarships, or 94, were local, while 11 were foreign.
She also reported that 11 employees from the DOLE’s various services, bureaus, regional offices, and attached agencies have availed of the DOLE Educational Support Program (DESP). Nine of the employees availed of the program for bar review and examination; one employee availed of the DESP to pursue a master’s degree; and one employee availed for a bachelor’s degree.
She further said four DOLE employees have graduated under the Public Management Development Program (PMDP), while 11 employees have completed the DOLE-Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Off-Campus Program for bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. Four of the 11 were included in the Dean’s List and three were awarded the “Gawad Kaunlaran” in 2014.
Three employees from the Central Office availed of the Job Enrichment Program for a period of six months to one year.
Meanwhile, 16 rank-and-file employees from the Central Office, regional offices, and attached agencies have attended the Innovation and Enterprise Specialist Program from 4 to 31 January 2015 and 8 March to 3 April 2015. This is under the cooperation program on productivity between the DOLE and the Temasek Foundation.
Eight employees who availed of foreign scholarships have completed their training/course and presented their re-entry plans to Secretary Baldoz on 16 and 18 May 2015.
The HRDS also conducted six in-house training and capacitated 249 employees in the central office, regional, office and attached agencies. The in-house training include training-workshop on video documentation; labor law compliance; induction of new employees; financial planning; and conduct of random lifestyle check.
It also provided technical assistance and resource augmentation to other DOLE offices in the re-orientation of LLCS-MIS utilization conciliation mediation training; and trainers’ training on ethical recruitment.