The staff of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) gathered together for a simple celebration of the bureau’s fourth founding anniversary by holding its knowledge sharing session - this time about the Incentivizing Compliance Program (ICP), National Productivity Olympics (NPO), and Child Labor Free Establishment/Zone of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). 

Ms. Jennifer Obien of the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) discussed and presented the DOLE ICP and its components. This was followed by Mr. Kim Lagcao of the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) who discussed the NPO. The two discussants presented the criteria and process of selection of awardees for the Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards (TCCLS) and the NPO awards.

Meanwhile, Ms. Maribeth Casin of the BWSC discussed the Child Labor Free Establishment/Zone which is a component of the DOLE ICP.

The technical learning session, which is part of the capability building component of the bureau hopes to get more inputs from the three recognition categories for the improvement of selection criteria for the BWSC Kabuhayan Awards to recognize exemplary beneficiaries and projects under the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP).

During lunch, two former directors of the then Bureau of Rural Workers (BRW) graced the BWSC’s anniversary - Deputy Administrator Josefino I. Torres of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and former Director Alex E. Maraan, who is now operating his own local and foreign placement agency.

The BWSC, an agency that champions the development and protection of the disadvantaged workers, assumes the merged functions of the BRW and Bureau of Women and Young Workers (BWYW) since their formal merging in 2010 as a result of the DOLE Rationalization Plan.

Acting Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba who has assumed position as Director IV recently, now leads the bureau.

Given the insurmountable clientele – workers in the informal sector (WIS), sugar workers, women, youth, child laborers, agricultural workers, persons with disability (PWD), and other disadvantaged and vulnerable workers, the BWSC faces challenging tasks ahead.

“BWSC is now in the stage of being rejuvenated. We hope that we can be of assistance to you in traversing this very crucial stage,” Torres said.

Maraan also encouraged the bureau’s staff to support the current leadership.


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