“After the years of instituting reforms,the Department of Labor and Employment has become more relevant to the challenges of times and more felt by the people.”

This is the message of DOLE Davao Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao during the opening of the 2014 DOLE Anniversary Job Fair in Abreeza Mall.

The anniversary job fair is the highlight of the 81st Anniversary celebration in Davao Region along with the other activities of its attached agencies.

This year’s celebration bears the theme: Higit pa sa Tagumpay at Reporma, ang DOLE mas makabuluhan, mas Nadarama.

“We believe have introduced relevant reforms that will help us in fulfilling the mandate of the DOLE. Now is the time to see that our people are benefiting from our programs,” Suyao said.

“We also thank the support of Regional Coordinating Council including NLRC, OWWA, PRC, NRCO, ECC, POEA, RTWPB and NCMB,” Suayo added.

At the opening gates of the job fair, a total of 13,707 jobs were offered by 55 local companies and 28 overseas agencies.

At the national level, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz is set to recognize the outstanding performance of the DOLE regional offices, its personnel and attached agencies.

“We have all been through a lot in the past years and I know how hard we have been working to ensure that the Department’s goals are met. We recognize that our team have consistently achieved, and often exceeded, our expectation. Such high performance must not go unnoticed,” Baldoz said.

Aside from employment facilitation, this year the DOLE has introduced the development approach to compliance of labor laws through the Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS). It has also spearheaded the improvement of labor and management relation and industrial peace through the convergence of DOLE and attached agencies.

The DOLE has also strengthened protection of the vulnerable sector by providing them self-employment and emergency employment though the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP).

Sherwin B. Manual/DOLE Davao