The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) XI opened its new extension office in Baganga, Davao Oriental on May 18, 2023. Under the supervision of the DOLE-Davao Oriental Field Office (DOFO), the said extension office was strategically set up in the municipality of Baganga as the midpoint of the province’s First District.  This expansion aims to bring the programs, services, as well as the support of the Department closer to the clients, stakeholders, and industries in Baganga and to the Geographically Disadvantaged Areas (GDAs) in the said district.

With the establishment of the Baganga Extension Office, DOLE XI seeks to address the unique labor and employment needs of the local community. The office will offer a wide range of services to carry out the Department’s organizational outcomes, including job placement assistance, labor market information, skills training programs, and facilitation of labor relations. Additionally, it will provide guidance on compliance with labor standards and regulations, promoting fair and ethical practices within the workforce.

The inauguration ceremony was led by DOLE XI Regional Director Atty. Randolf C. Pensoy, Asst. Regional Director Atty. Jason P. Balais, and DOLE-DOFO Provincial Head Rodolfo T. Castro, Jr. It was attended by esteemed government officials, community representatives, and DOLE XI Management Committee, all of whom expressed their warmth and readiness for the increased accessibility of DOLE programs and services in the area.

“DOLE XI recognizes the potential for economic progress in Baganga and Davao Oriental as a whole. By establishing a physical presence in this municipality, we demonstrate our commitment to provide timely and relevant support to local job seekers, employers, and workers,” RD Pensoy said. He also added that by extending DOLE XI’s reach to communities outside major urban centers in Davao Region, the Office aims to foster inclusive growth, empower local industries, and uplift the lives of Davaoeños. Located in Brgy. Saoquigue, Baganga, Davao Oriental, the said extension office is now fully operational and equipped to serve the community.###MFKM