Asks officials, employees to continue making it easier for workers
and private business to transact official business with DOLE
Davao City—Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday asked DOLE regional officials and employees in Region 11 to continue the kind of service that the people has known DOLE to deliver during the last two years to ensure that its achievements on its mandates translate into more investments that create jobs.
Speaking during the inauguration of the new headquarters of the DOLE Regional Office No. 11 before going to Digos City, Davao del Sur for an inspection visit of various DOLE projects and to rally public support to the DOLE’s Campaign for Child Labor-Free Barangays, Baldoz noted that the reforms she had laid down at the department two years ago in pursuit of the 22-point labor and employment agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III have started to yield benefits for Filipino workers, but said much remain to be done to achieve inclusive growth.
“Let us continue to help make the country conducive for investments that creates jobs that in turn must lead to massive, inclusive growth. Let us also continue to make it easier for workers to do business with the DOLE in the region. That’s our mandate,” she said.
Baldoz was joined in the inauguration by Undersecretary Lourdes Trasmonte, DOLE Region 11 Director Joffrey Suyao, and members of the DOLE Regional Coordinating Council who are heads of the DOLE attached agencies, namely, Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, Overseas Workers Welfare Administration, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board, National Conciliation and Mediation Board, National Labor Relations Commission, and Professional Regulation Commission.
She also welcomed to the inauguration many of the DOLE’s tripartite and social partners in Region 11, including representatives of the Departments of Trade and Industry, Interior and Local Governments, Public Works and Highways, Education, and Social Welfare and Development.
The new office is located at the fourth floor of the Montana Building–which also houses the 157-square meter office of the DOLE Davao City Field Office–along the corner of Lakandula and Dacudao Streets in this city, and has a floor area of over 800 square meters. It was praised by Secretary Baldoz for its aesthetic beauty and simplicity.
“Your new office promises to be a conducive and productive place for DOLE clients to interact and do business with you. I also hope it will inspire you to serve them better and promptly,” she said, adding:
“We at the DOLE also need to improve our offices so we could really reflect what we are teaching our clients.”
At the inaugural ceremony, Regional Director Suyao presented Secretary Baldoz with three memorandum of agreements that reflect the gains of the regional office in social partnership. These included an agreement on the Kapatiran Wise TAV, a social accord of the Construction Industry Tripartite Council, and an agreement on the implementation of the inter-agency Joint Administrative Order-Memorandum of Agreement and Joint Administrative Order (JAO-MOA) on Construction Safety, which came as an offshoot of D.O. No. 13, or the Guidelines Governing OSH in the Construction Industry, and is aimed at intensifying coordination and harmonization of policies and programs of each collaborating agency towards an ‘accident-free’ construction industry in the country.
Baldoz also witnessed the signing between the DOLE, Apex Mining, and National Development Corporation a memorandum of agreement on the elimination of the worst forms of child labor in areas where Apex Mining and NADECOR operate. The MOA commits the two companies to providing scholarship grants to child laborers and to ensure that the barangays under Apex Mining and NADECOR are child labor-free.
“I congratulate all of you in Region 11 for your continuous support to all the programs of the DOLE,” Baldoz said in thanking DOLE’s social partners.
“Let us make this another jump-off point to enhance our synergy of cooperation and collaboration. Let us vigorously promote social partnership as a means to sustain industrial peace and effective labor governance through convergence of our resources and quality service delivery,” she said finally.