News Release 
Department of Labor and Employment 
December 8, 2022 

Workers’ recognition highlights DOLE’s 89th year

The 14,000-strong workforce of the Department of Labor and Employment takes center stage on its 89th founding anniversary on December 8.

This as Labor Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma highlighted the significant role of DOLE employees in carrying out the Department’s mandate to serve its stakeholders–the workers and employers–and the importance of recognizing their commitment as fellow “Lingkod Bayan.”

Anchored on the theme, “Kahapon, Ngayon, at sa Habang Panahon, Kaagapay ng Bayan sa Pagbangon!” this year’s celebration was highlighted by weeklong activities to honor the dedication and hard work of DOLE employees.

To kick-off the celebration, a job fair and skills profiling activity for K-12 and senior high school graduates was conducted in Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City on December 1.

A total of 8,225 local and overseas job vacancies were offered by 80 participating employers and recruitment agencies.

There were 7,347 local jobs offered by 70 participating companies mostly in the business process outsourcing, manufacturing, health and wellness, transportation and logistics, wholesale retail and trade, and construction industries.

Meanwhile, 878 overseas jobs for nurses, seafarers, hotel/cruise ship workers, construction workers, caregivers, welders, electricians, nail technicians, butchers, and beauticians/hair dressers were offered by 10 participating recruitment agencies.

On the same day, a wellness and livelihood program for DOLE employees was held at the DOLE Central Office in Intramuros, Manila. There were free therapeutic massage and haircut services, livelihood product demonstration (dishwashing liquid making), and livelihood bazaar showcasing products of DOLE employee-entrepreneurs. A COVID-19 booster vaccination was also administered to employees by the Philippine Red Cross.

To express the Department’s gratitude to its personnel, an Employee Recognition Ceremony was held on December 5 at the Labor Governance Learning Center. Among those who were recognized during the event were 70 loyalty awardees, 21 retirees, and a number of institutional awardees.

On December 6 and 7, meanwhile, the Department conducted medical mission and wellness services for Intramuros ‘padyak’ drivers. The activity is part of DOLE’s full-cycle assistance project for the ‘padyak’ drivers who also serve as tourist guides in the area.

A Eucharistic Celebration on December 8 at the Philippine International Convention Center Forum in Pasay City will kick off the culmination of the weeklong event.

The DOLE started as a small bureau in 1908 under the then Department of Commerce and Police. On December 8, 1933, the Bureau of Labor was constituted as a department under Republic Act 4121.

Since then, DOLE has continuously evolved its thrusts and strategies to respond to emerging socio-political and economic challenges while keeping as a primary concern the protection and promotion of the welfare of Filipino workers. END/aldm

 

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