Displaced workers or individuals who became involuntarily unemployed will be provided with more responsive interventions and assistance from the labor department.

In an administrative order, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has created a technical working group on job displacement concerns tasked to further provide immediate and necessary assistance to displaced workers.

“We need to ensure that DOLE programs, policies, and mechanisms are responsive and effective in monitoring displacement and providing displaced workers with necessary assistance and interventions anchored on social protection,” Bello said in his order.

Among the general function of the tasked group is to review the implementation gaps in the existing DOLE policies, programs, and mechanisms in job displacement monitoring and in providing assistance to displaced workers.

The group is also tasked to prepare policy measures and program strategies as may be necessary to address the identified gaps to further provide immediate assistance.

The TWG will be headed by the Undersecretary for Employment, Legal, International and Media Affairs and will be co-chaired by its Assistant Secretaries.

The core members of the tasked group include the Bureau of Labor Relations, Bureau of Local and Employment, Bureau of Working Conditions, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, and International Labor Affairs Bureau.

Also part of the group are the Employees Compensation Commission, Institute for Labor Studies, National Conciliation and Mediation Board, National Reintegration Center for OFWs, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and the DOLE Financial and Management Service.

The creation of the tasked group is in line with the agenda of the labor department to provide employment re-entry opportunities and assistance to Filipino workers.

END/Abegail De Vega

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