MAJOR PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS
EMPLOYMENT FACILITATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING SERVICES
Public Employment Service Office (PESO)
The Public Employment Service Office or PESO is a non-fee charging multi-employment service facility or entity that is community-based and is maintained by Local Government Units (LGUs) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The main objective of this program is to guarantee a fast and resourceful transfer of employment services from the employers and job-seekers. The program also serves as an information center for different programs and services of all government agencies existent in the area. Its function is to provide seminars and trainings, counseling, career guidance, mass motivation and value development activities. PESO offers special services such as Livelihood and Self-Employment Bazaars, Special Program for Employment of Students and Out-of-School Youth (SPES-OSY) and Job Fairs – the widely known service under the program that is conducted in order for the job seekers and employers to have a direct matching. PESO doesn’t only accommodate students, jobseekers and employers but also they provide help to migratory workers, planners, researchers, persons with disabilities, returning OFWs, displaced workers and labor market information users.
Career Guidance was developed to help raise awareness and support for career advocacy and employment counseling to lead the youth and students to select their courses to sidestep skills mismatch and underemployment. Career Guidance materials, sponsored by the Bureau of Labor and Employment, includes various handbooks for high school and college students. In addition to that, Career Guidance provides basic information on the professions identified in the latest labor market. It features in-demand jobs and careers practicable in the next five to ten years. The Career Guidance describes the basic education requirements of a job, skills and competencies, attributes and characteristics, salary/compensation, prospect for career advancement, employment opportunities and cost of education or training. It seeks to aid and supplement students and jobseekers alike, with current information on particular jobs to make informed decisions about their chosen careers.
National Skills Registry System (NSRS)
National Skills Registry System or commonly known by its acronym SRS is the government’s online manpower database. The government invites workers all over the country to register in SRS to make themselves visible to the employers. SRS is launched to ease poverty through substantial employment. Using the SRS, the list of available workers in the country could be easily tracked down as well as the lists of establishments with vacancies. The said program is connected to the PhilJobNet, the government’s online job portal, which is open for public access thus bringing job seekers, recruitment agencies, and local and foreign employers all in one place. SRS will serve as a bank of information on skills and accreditations, licensures, and local and overseas employment.
Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES)
Mandated under RA 9547, Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) is an act that is commonly known as an avenue to help those poor but deserving students in finding ways to cater some of their needs financially. Its objective is to hone and develop the skills and potentials of the youth for the country’s well-being. Before, the program was only offered during summer and December breaks but as the demand for the assistance rises, the program is now offered all year round. Employers pay only 60% of the minimum salary while the remaining 40% is shouldered by the Department of Labor and Employment. SPES is open to all 15-25 year-old high school, college or vocational students or drop-outs and interested employers.
DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP)
DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program is a project that helps in making existing livelihood transform into viable and sustainable business or community enterprise by maximizing the community resources and skills. It enhances, restores and forms livelihood through trainings on productivity improvement, workers’ safety and health, entrepreneurship development, and the likes, networking and business alliance and social protection advocacy. The integrated assistance will allow the economic undertaking to transform from a mere subsistence family livelihood undertaking to a community or micro-enterprise managed by community group. The program can be availed by utilizing other program components including Training-cum-Production and Common Service Facility.
DOLE Kabuhayan Starter Kits
The DOLE Kabuhayan Starter KITS Project is a livelihood formation strategy that is intended to uphold improved socio-economic well-being of workers in the informal economy, in groups or sectors with special concerns, and displaced wage workers (local and overseas) and their families. The project will provide a livelihood starter KITS inclusive of a package of services that will enable the target beneficiaries to start quickly a livelihood enterprise and become self-employed. It aims to engage them in sustainable self-employment through easy to learn livelihood undertakings. The project solely targets the poor and long-term unemployed especially the out-of-school youths, women, parents of child laborers, Indigenous People (IPs), physically/occupationally disabled, urban poor, elderly persons, landless farmers/fisherfolks and other workers in the informal economy, and displaced wage (local and overseas) workers, OFW returnees and their dependents, either individually or as groups. Starter KITS also includes trainings, provisions of materials and equipments, handbooks and consultancies.
Nego-Kart (Negosyo sa Kariton) is a project for ambulant vendors of legal age on major cities of the country with a large number of ambulant vendors. The project will assist the said vendors in making their existing livelihood activities grow into profitable and sustainable business; thus, making their income level at par with that of the minimum wage earners, at the least. The project will provide them assistance in a form of vending cart and accessory livelihood tools, production capital or raw materials, trainings on business management, entrepreneurship, and production skills, and business permits to allow them to operate in designated areas.
EMPLOYMENT REGULATION SERVICES
Registration and Permits
Contractor and Sub-Contractor (D.O. 18-A)
The key concept of the contracting and sub-contracting arrangements is to secure the employment and rights of the workers to just and humane conditions of work, security of tenure, self-organization and collective bargaining as stated in Section 1 of Department Order No. 18-A. Such rules cover all parties of contracting and subcontracting arrangements where an employer-employee relationship exists. Examples of parties involve in these arrangements are manpower agencies, janitorial services, and security and allied agencies. These parties are mainly involved on putting out or farming out with a contractor the performance or completion of a specific job, work or services within a specified period of time. They are just limited to these acts and are prohibited from engaging in recruitment and placement activities, whether for local or overseas employment.
Certificate of Contractor and Sub-contractor Registration under the Department Order no. 18-02 is subject for renewal under the Department Order 18-A. All registrations must be transacted at Regional Offices of the Department of Labor and Employment to where it principally operates. A registration of P25,000 is required upon the approval of their applications. The certificate of registration is effective for 3 years only, unless cancelled after due process. Upon renewal of the said certificate, applicants must undergo an Orientation on Department Order 18-A to be conducted by DOLE for free.
Alien Employment Permit (AEP)
An Alien Employment Permit (AEP) is a document issued by the Secretary of Labor and Employment through the DOLE – Regional Director, who has jurisdiction over the intended place of work of the foreign national, authorizing the foreign national to work in the Philippines. Foreign nationals who are seeking employment in the country whether they are non-residents or refugees, who are allowed to practice their profession in the country under reciprocity and other international agreements and consultancy, are required to apply for an AEP. Basically, AEP is created in order for the foreign nationals to work in the Philippines but holding only those positions that could not be done by Filipino workers or professions that are not yet available in the country. This is to ensure the employment of Filipino workers and to avoid competition against foreign nationals.
Working Child Permit
Working Child Permit is issued to a child 15 years old and below to prevent the child’s exploitation and discrimination such as payment of minimum wage, hours of work and other terms and conditions required by law and shall ensure the protection, health, safety, morals and normal development of the child during the course of his/her employment. Moreover, this is to make certain that the child’s employment will not involve production materials promoting alcoholic beverages, intoxicating drinks, tobacco and its by-products or exhibiting violence in any public entertainment or information.
Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS)
Department Order No. 131-13 or the Rules on Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) was formulated to operationalize the constitutional mandate to protect the interests and welfare of the employees towards the promotion of social justice and maintenance of industrial peace through the encouragement of voluntary compliance and enforcement of labor laws.
The LLCS assessment combines both regulatory and developmental approaches, to enable establishments to comply with all labor laws with the active participation of both employers and workers at the plant-level, and industry associations and their leaders, through industry tripartite councils and voluntary codes of good practices on decent work and competitive enterprises. In the process, we inculcate and foster a culture of voluntary compliance.
The Labor Laws Compliance Office (LLCO), together with employers’ and workers’ representatives, shall conduct a Joint Assessment of the establishment. If found compliant, the establishment will receive a certificate of compliance (COC) which is valid for two years, unless there is a complaint which would warrant the conduct of a Compliance Visit; or, if there is imminent danger, or a fatal accident, trigger the conduct of Occupational Health and Safety Investigation. If there are gaps or deficiencies, the LLCO will assist the establishment to comply through corrective actions by providing technical assistance and educating both the employer and the workers for better conformity with all labor laws and standards, and once compliance is satisfied, COC will be issued.
Construction Safety and Health Program (CSHP)
Construction Safety and Health Program (CSHP) is one of the important provisions in D.O 13 and JAO-MOA signed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). It aims to promote the safety and health of construction workers and avert the recurrence of construction-related incidents by requiring the contractors to secure an approved CSHP from the DOLE before an infrastructure project commences.
Incentivizing Compliance Program (ICP)
The Incentivizing Compliance Program (ICP) promotes voluntary compliance by recognizing any company’s ingenuity to voluntarily comply with labor laws or setting a much higher standard with a Tripartite Seal of Excellence on their products and in the establishment. ICP also offers assistance to a non-compliant company by providing training and technical backing in order for it to comply with the said labor laws. ICP is a nationwide program that is made to mainly augment workers’ voluntary compliance, enhance workplace productivity, promote decent work and increase the level of Philippine competitiveness.
LABOR FORCE WELFARE SERVICES
Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC)
Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) is established to serve as a continuing forum for tripartite advisement and consultation to aid in the streamlining the role of the government, thus empowering workers and employers organizations , enhancing their respective rights, and thereby, attaining industrial peace and improved productivity. Its main function is to monitor the implementation and compliance of all concerned sectors the provisions of all tripartite instruments, conventions, declarations, codes of conduct and social accords. TIPC is established in national, regional and industrial wide with representatives from the government, workers and employers. TIPC is also functioned to review labor laws, economic and social policies, recommendations and proposals, and serve as a communication channel and a mechanism in undertaking joint programs among the government, workers and employers toward enhancing labor management relations.
Industry Tripartite Councils (ITCs)
Academic Industry Tripartite Council (AITC)
Academic Industry Tripartite Council (AITC) recognizes the strategic role of the academe in national development and in advancing the country’s competitiveness in the global market through active involvement of the industry in developing the human resource. It is represented by school management, labor and government sectors from the industry in Davao Region.
Banana Industry Tripartite Council (BITC)
Banana Industry Tripartite Council (BITC) is one of the key employment generators in Region XI. It is a setting for tripartite advisement and session among labor, employer, growers, buyers, exporters and government sector to discuss concerns and policies to achieve industrial peace and growth in the banana industry.
Construction Industry Tripartite Council (CITC)
Construction Industry Tripartite Council was created to provide a continuing forum for tripartite advisement and consultation in aid of streamlining the role of government, empowering workers and employers’ organizations enhancing their respective rights, sustained industrial peace and improving productivity. CITC is involved in the process of exchanging information and viewpoints with the purpose of fostering mutual understanding, and agreement that may result in better industrial relations. The main objective of this council is to provide every Filipino worker an opportunity to obtain decent and productive jobs under the conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.
ICT-BPO Industry Tripartite Council (ICT-BPO ITC)
Information and Communications Technology-Business Process Outsourcing (ICT-BPO) is an emerging industry but economically significant driver and key employment generator in the Philippines. Meanwhile, Davao City is the fastest growing ICT-BPO hub in Mindanao. It consists of call centers, non-voice services, and IT outsourcing to knowledge process outsourcing. The creation of the council aims to protect and promote the interests of the key stakeholders of the industry to sustain its growth.
Maritime Industry Tripartite Council (MITC)
The Maritime Industry Tripartite Council (MITC) is instituted to address specific maritime labor and employment concerns and sets forth its commitments that balance protection of workers and concerned stakeholders in order to emulate good practices under the Voluntary Code of Good Practices on the Decent Work+ Agenda.
Voluntary Code of Good Practices (VCGP)
Voluntary Code of Good Practices (VCGP) on Decent Work is designed to promote and elevate the concept of social partnership as the framework for sustainable and beneficial labor and management relations in the industry that ensures job creation, employment preservation, productivity improvement, employment security, employee welfare and corporate social responsibility. It is also directed towards providing moral, practical and legal bases for equal employment opportunities for women, youth, elderly, IPs, and differently-abled persons. It provides set of principles, standards and good practice guidelines.