With the Filipino workforce at the center of the DOLE’s strategic goals to be gainfully employed, globally competitive, secure, safe and healthy, the Department prioritizes the delivery of the following services and implementation of their corresponding programs and projects.

The Public Employment Service Office or PESO is a non-fee charging multi-employment service facility that is community-based and is maintained by Local Government Units and Non-Governmental Organizations.  The program 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. The Career Guidance Advocacy Program 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 while National Skills Registry Program or NSRP is the government’s online manpower database. The government invites workers all over the country to register in Public Employment Information System (PEIS) to make themselves visible to the employers.

Mandated under RA 10917, 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 while Jobstart Philippines is a DOLE implemented project in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and the government of Canada. It is being implemented through the local PESO offices of the target areas.

Labor Inspection Program was formulated to operationalize the constitutional mandate to protect the interest 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. Assessment refers to the determination of compliance by establishments with all Labor Laws, which include the General Labor Standards (GLS), Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) and other

related labor laws and issuances . The Single Entry Approach (SEnA) is an administrative approach to provide a speedy, impartial, inexpensive, and accessible settlement procedure of all labor issues or conflicts to prevent them from ripening into full-blown disputes or actual labor cases. As a form of conciliation-mediation intervention, the main objective is to effect amicable settlement of the dispute among the differing parties wherein a neutral party.

Department Order 174 is 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. Such rules cover all parties of contracting and subcontracting arrangements where an employer-employee relationship exists.

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 are required to apply for an AEP.

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.

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.

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.

DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program is a project that helps existing livelihood transformed into sustainable business 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 while the Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa ating Displaced Workers (TUPAD) is a community-based (municipality/barangay) package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, the underemployed and the unemployed poor for a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work.

Government Internship Program (GIP) is a DOLE program that aims to provide young workers, particularly the poor/indigent and young workers, opportunity to demonstrate their talents and skills in the field of public service with the ultimate objective of attracting the best and the brightest who want to pursue a career in government service, particularly in the fields and disciplines related to labor and employment.

Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) is pursuant to RA 9231 and RA 7610 or laws providing stronger protection for a working child and eliminating the worst forms of child labor by providing special Protection of Children Against Child Abuse, Exploitation and Discrimination Act. The Batang Manggagawa Quick Action Team (SBMQAT) is an inter-agency quick action team headed by DOLE and its members from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)-Violence Against Women and Children’s Division (VAWCD), representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the DOLE Labor Inspectors and Child Labor Program (CLP) Project coordinators.

END/Patrick Rillorta