Gov't, industry leaders must collaborate to boost employment

November 15, 2013 10:13 am 

By Louis P. Morente

MANILA, Nov. 14 (PNA) –- During the 3rd Philippine Manufacturing and Producers Summit, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) expressed its support to the Federation of Philippine Industries' advocacy: “Inclusive Employment through Industrialization”, the major theme of the event which was held on November 14, at the Intercontinental Hotel, Makati City.

“The Department of Labor and employment extends its full support to the implementation of the manufacturing industry roadmap by helping ensure the employability and competitiveness of the Filipino workers,” said Rosalinda Baldoz, Secretary of DOLE, during her speech at the summit.

Baldoz also gave a report on the specific contributions DOLE has done for the industry.

Baldoz cited the Labor law compliance system under department order 131, a law designed to cultivate the culture of observing labor laws, which was effective since August 22, 2013, although reportedly deficient in implementation.

But in spite of that, the DOLE Secretary assured that by 2014 it will be fully implemented through the “compulsory and enforcement power”.

Baldoz also shared that the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council an old program of DOLE that promotes industry self-regulation, acts as a clearing house for labor and employment issues, that have also been strengthened this year, and is considered a “pillar for an effective labor and employment administration.”

Baldoz also said that DOLE, in partnership with TESDA, is also supervising job matching programs and industry and career guides to help both employers and workers to shorten the period of hiring and job searching, respectively.

TESDA, on the other hand, is also conducting high-budget scholarships funds as it collaborates with a number of industry associations.

Baldoz believes that with better training, employability will improve likewise; therefore she welcomes other program ideas and suggestions from industry leaders.

The DOLE Secretary also reminded everyone that during the Makati Business Club’s Executive Outlook Survey (OES) last year, DOLE ranked 10th from being 23rd in 2011, proving that DOLE’s reputation has improved as its personnel have become more proactive.

From simply regulating laws, DOLE personnel now also provides support and advice, and settles disputes from a human relations angle.

The DOLE chief also now opens herself to other position papers concerning other industry elements not just about labor. (PNA)

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