DOLE launches new priority projects to promote, preserve employment

September 18, 2009 10:21 am 

MANILA, Sept. 18 — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) launched on Friday new projects to boost its programs in promoting and preserving the jobs of Filipino workers in line with efforts to keep the economy growing and enable it to take advantage of the projected global rebound in 2010.

The DOLE's so-called “priority deliverables” were launched in a press conference at the department's central office in Intramuros, Manila.

Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque said the priority projects underscore the DOLE’s efforts to help the economy sustain the modest growth it achieved despite the global financial crisis.

Roque noted that the DOLE has played a frontline role in government and private-sector hiring programs, flexible working arrangements, and other projects for needy workers under the government’s economic resiliency plan which helped cushion the impact of the global recession on local employment and the economy.

The projects are Jobs Fit: The DOLE 2020 Vision, Speedy and Efficient Delivery of Labor Justice (SpeEd), Green Workplace Advocacy, Kabuhayan Starter Kit, Ready Tech-Go, Nego-Kart, and Kabataan Ito.

Project Jobs Fit: The DOLE 2020 Vision seeks to identify the preferred skills in priority industries per region up to 2020 via the conduct of consultations with stakeholders and review of existing literature and national and regional development plans. This will guide students and new entrants to the labor force on which course or training to undertake in order to find employment upon graduation.

Project SpeED aims to hasten the resolution of labor and employment disputes lodged at concerned DOLE agencies, including the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Philippine Overseas and Employment Administration (POEA), Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR), Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), DOLE Legal Service and DOLE Regional Offices.

The Project is aimed at substantially de-clogging the case dockets of these agencies by March 31, 2010 and onwards.

Project Green Workplace Advocacy aims to promote the transformation of workplaces into environmentally- sensitive, resource-efficient, and social-responsible organizations not only to help address climate change but also to generate new sources of green jobs.

Project Kabuhayan Starter Kit will provide target beneficiaries -– informal sector workers and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families -– both skills training and the necessary tools for their intended livelihood undertakings as massage therapists, plumbing/electrician, beautician, and in engagements in the production of home-based and food products, and fashion accessories.

Project Nego-Kart will assist ambulant vendors in making their existing livelihood undertakings grow into profitable and sustainable business. The project will help target beneficiaries acquire vending cart and accessory livelihood tools.

Project Kabataan Ito or Youth Information Technology Opportunities will provide opportunities for unemployed IT-literate youth to earn in teaching interested individuals in their communities on how to use the computer and the Internet.

Project Ready Tech-Go aims to implement the DOLE Information Systems Plan to improve the DOLE’s delivery of public services. (PNA) scs/MPC

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