Six DOLE regional offices presented their models on the improvement of existing programs of the department as part of the Institute for Labor Studies’ Design Thinking Olympics.
The Design Thinking Challenge focused on the improvement of DOLE’s TUPAD (Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers), or the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Program (DILEEP), and its program framework and guidelines, as well as encouraged the participating regions to come out with solutions outside the existing framework.
DILEEP is a flagship program for workers, providing assistance either in the form of working capital or emergency employment. The DILEEP has two component programs, namely, Livelihood, or the Kabuhayan Program; and the Emergency Employment Program, or the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).
The program improvement on DILEEP and TUPAD were proposed by the DOLE-NCR represented by Assistant Regional Director Irma S. Valiente, Region III by Senior LEO Ferdinand C. Capati, Region IV-A by Regional Director Ma. Zenaida Angara-Campita, Region VI by Salome O. Siaton, Region VII by Chief LEO Vicente D. Abordo, and Region XI by Assistant Regional Director Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos.
The Design Thinking teams of the six regions presented their prototypes through video presentations before panel reactors composed of the following: Asec. Alex V. Avila, Asec. Maria Gloria Tango, Mr. Julius H. Cainglet of the Federation of Filipino Workers, Mr. Karl Satinitigan of the Office of Senator Bam Aquino, and Ms. Ivy Ong of the Civic Innovation Fellowship.
Launched by the Institute on July 25, 2017 as part of its 30th founding anniversary activities, and in line with its anniversary theme, Masusi, Makabago at Makabuluhang Pananaliksik tungo sa Matatag, Maginhawa at Panatag na Buhay ng Manggagawang Pilipino, the ILS-initiated project is aimed at introducing design thinking to DOLE’s operations, and mainstream design thinking as one of strategies in managing programs as well as in crafting region-specific policies that respond to the needs of their end users.
The competition is anchored on the theme “Programang paggawa, pa’no ka ginawa?: Innovating public sector delivery.”
The Design Thinking Olympics participants were required to go through five stages: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test, to be accomplished within two months starting last October 2017. They presented their project during the 84th DOLE anniversary celebration on December 08.