DOLE marks 79th year with Typhoon Pablo victims in mind; officials, employees sign Integrity Pledge

December 16, 2012 11:24 am 

MANILA, Dec. 15 — President Benigno S. Aquino III thanked labor and employment social partners for converging to assist in the recovery of Typhoon Pablo victims.

The Department of Labor and Employment(DOLE) on Friday commemorated its 79th Foundation Anniversary with a concrete action to help the victims of Typhoon Pablo rebuilt their lives and a solemn pledge, witnessed by no less than President Aquino who expressed utmost and deepest concern of his government to assist and ease the plight of the areas hit by typhoon Pablo in southern Philippines.

The chief executive commended the DOLE for observing its 79th Foundation Anniversary in step with the massive national assistance and humanitarian effort—by making it a launching pad for convergent efforts to ensure the rehabilitation and recovery of calamity victims.

“Taos puso po akong nagpapasalamat, dahil malaki ang maitutulong nito sa lalo pang pag-aangat ng pag-asang makabangon ang ating mga kababayan,” the President stated with visible emotion as he addressed the DOLE, saying: “Aminado po ako, hanggang ngayon, nakakaramdam pa rin ako ng lungkot at bagabag dahil sa pinsalang idinulot ng Bagyong Pablo.”

President Aquino, who graced the event, was welcomed by DOLE secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz together with her officials and rank-and-file employees at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City on Dec. 13, 2012.

The President especially cited the DOLE, adding, “Nasaksihan natin ang pag-aabot ng limang milyong pisong tulong pinansyal nina Ginoong Conrado Oca ng Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines and Masahiro Kondo ng Japan Seamen’s Union.”

He further stated that, through the decision and order of Baldoz, “Naglaan naman ang DOLE ng isang milyong piso para sa ating mga kababayan sa CARAGA, at pitong milyong piso para sa ating mga manggagawa sa Davao.”

“Bukod dito, nakahanda na rin ang P30 million ipagkakaloob ng OWWA {an attached agency of DOLE] para sa anim na libong apektadong pamilya ng OFW,” the President said.

Thus, the President gave a no-holds barred regard for the example and productive performance of the agency, affirming the vindication of his previous actions by saying: “Dahil sa inyong dekalidad na serbisyo, talagang hindi ako nagkamaling magdagdag pa ng mahigit tatlong daan at pitumpung plantilla positions sa inyong tanggapan noong nakaraang Labor Day, kaya’t higit na nagiging makabuluhan at makahulugan ang pagdiriwang natin ngayon ng ika-pitumpu’t siyam na anibersaryo ng Department of Labor and Employment.”

The labor and employment chief, specifically affirmed in her welcome remarks during the event: “Maitatala po sa kasaysayan ng DOLE ang desisyon ninyo na magtalaga at lumikha ng karagdagang plantilla position para sa 372 Labor Compliance Officers para siguraduhin na lahat ng karapatan at benepisyo ng mga manggagawa sa ilalim ng batas ay maipatutupad at mapo-proteksyunan.”

Baldoz also said, in the historic DOLE event graced for the first time by no less than the President of the Philippines, led the DOLE officialdom and employees on their Integrity Pledge to be in the forefront of the services to the people and the renaissance of our culture in the roadway of non-corruption based on the President Aquino's “Matuwid na Landas.”

Strongly enjoining and encouraging the DOLE to continue setting the example by its ethical, uncorrupt, and productive performance, the President emphasized in his speech that, “Hindi biro ang tungkulin ninyong magbukas ng mga oportunidad sa bansa, at ang tiyaking ligtas at makatarungan ang kalagayan ng mga manggagawa.”

“Nagsisilbi rin kayong tulay sa maayos na ugnayan ng ating manggagawa at pribadong sektor, tinutugunan ninyo ang hinaing ng manggagawa, at tinitimbang ito nang may pagsasaalang-alang sa tatag ng mga industriya,” Aquino said.

Thus, unstintingly he said, “saludo po tayo sa lahat ng bumubuo ng DOLE, sa pangunguna ni Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz [at] binabati ko ang DOLE, hindi lamang sa inyong pagdiriwang, kundi pati na rin sa pinamalas ninyong serbisyo sa nakalipas na mga taon.”

“Balita ko nga, kayo ang pinakaunang ahensyang nag-sumite ng sectoral plan upang mapasama sa Philippine Development Plan 2013-2016, [at] isang positibong hakbang ang nilagdaan ninyong social covenant noong Biyernes na naglalaman ng pitumpu’t siyam na panata ng ating tripartite partners sa pagpapatupad ng ating Labor and Employment Plan,” quipped the President—in reference to key labor and employer representatives joining hands in solidarity with the DOLE on its 79th year by forging a Multi-Stakeholder Covenant embodying 79 commitments in support of the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan 2011-2016, at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC)on December 7.

Significantly, President Aquino III gave notice to the DOLE’s relentless effort to address job-skills mismatch, saying: “Unti-unti na rin po nating natutugunan ang job mismatch sa ating bansa sa pamamagitan ng kolektibong pagkilos ng iba’t-ibang ahensya ng ating gobyerno’t mga industriya, ang akademya’t mga manggagawa, gayundi ng NGOs, at civil society organizations.”

The President specifically stated that, “Noon ngang Mayo, matagumpay nating naidaos ang kauna-unahang National Career Guidance Advocacy Congress.” He was referring to the historical first convergence of the Philippines’ career guidance counselors for the purpose of strengthening the employability of the Filipino human resource, which he graced, on May 24, 2012 in Manila.

Aquino said that as a result of the Congress, “Nakapagtatag tayo ng mga kongkretong aksyon upang mapabuti ang ating labor market information system, at bigyang kaalaman ang mga magulang at ang kanilang mga anak sa pagpili ng tamang kurso sa kolehiyo at sa vocational-technical schools.

“kaakibat po nito ang pagpapalakas sa serbisyo ng Public Employment Service Offices at Phil-JobNet, at pagtatatag ng Skills Registry System [at] kompiyansa nga tayong hindi magtatagal, mapupunan na ang mga bakanteng trabaho ng mga graduate nating may sapat na pagsasanay.”

Based on the DOLE’s framework for decent and productive jobs, President Aquino said that, “dagdag pa rito, nariyan po ang Training for Work Scholarship ng TESDA (also an attached agency of the Department] upang hasain ang kakayan ng ating mga kababayan, at makapasok sa mga industriya tulad ng BPO, tourism, construction, at iba pa [at] para naman po sa ating mga OFWs, patuloy nating palalawakin ang oportunidad sa ating bansa upnag hindi na nila kailanganin pang mangibang-bayan [dahil] at sa ating reintegration program, gagabayan nating at lilinangin ang kanilang kakayahan upang makapaglunsad sila ng negosyo sa ating bayan.”

Aquino emphasized, “Batid natin ang kahalagahan ng trabaho sa pag-asenso ng Pilipino kaya naman hindi po tayo makukuntento sa ugaling ‘pwede na,’ at ‘bahala na. Ang hangad po natin: Manggagawa ka man o may ari ng pabika, positibo ang inyong pananaw na guminhawa bawat sipag at pagsisikap ng Pilipino, tiyak na magbubunga ng biyaya.”

Declaring his unequivocal commitment, the President stated: “Patuloy nating gagawing maaliwalas ang pagnenegosyo sa bansay, habang sinisigurong tinatamasa n gating manggagawa ang sapat na serbisyo at benepisyo,” closing his speech by underscoring: “Maraming salamat sa DOLE, at sa maraming Pilipinong tumaya, kumilos, at pumanig sa tama. Ipagpatuloy lang po natin ito. Muli’t muli po nating patunayang sa lakas ng nagkakaisang Pilipino, isang bayan tayong babangon sa anumang pagsubok at delubyo; isang bansa tayong tatahak sa landas ng tunay na pag-asenso.”

The DOLE was established as a full-fledged Department of the Philippine government by virtue of Act 4121 on December 8, 1933.

The President honored the DOLE on its foundation year—the event which was simultaneously marked in the country’s 16 regions and by the Philippine Overseas Labor Offices worldwide on the theme: “79 Taong Matapat na Serbisyo, Handog sa Bawat Pilipino,” said Baldoz. (PNA)

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