With the need to fast track the delivery of program interventions, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz instructed the DOLE Regional Offices through the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) to accelerate the  profiling of all vulnerable workers nationwide.

“We need something more grounded and realistic for purposes of planning and budgeting,” said Baldoz as she stressed the importance of knowing who the clientele are, where they are located, and what services they need.

In partnership with International Labor Organization (ILO), the Trainers’ Training for the Profiling ofVulnerable Workers aims to equip the regional and field implementers from sixteen (16) regions on the procedures in conducting the profiling such as: familiarizing with profiling/registration forms, verification/validation of accomplished profiling/registration forms, and orientation on the use of database system.

The targeted vulnerable workers to be profiled include the child laborers, sugar workers, and the informal sector workers.

“Every name matters, as profiling can transform a life,” said BWSC OIC-Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba. She also stressed that the profiling of sugar workers is vital in coming up with the Sugarcane Human Resource Development Master Plan to support the Sugarcane Industry Roadmap.

Likewise, as part of the Convergence Program for the Vulnerable Workers, profiling of vulnerable workers will also include the child laborers and the Workers in the Informal Sector toward the Establishment of the Social Protection Floor (SPF).

With the P3.6 billion to be derived from the Priority Development Assistance Fund for funding DOLE programs, profiling the vulnerable workers becomes even more significant.

“Your task is critical. The information you produce will be essential in shooting the target accurately,” said Labor Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III as he urged the participants to do their task fast but right. “The ultimate error might be giving benefit to somebody who does not deserve the benefit,” he added.

Arlene Taguba of the International Labor Organization – International Program on the Elimination of Child Labor (ILO-IPEC) program shared the ILO-IPEC experience on profiling. Meanwhile, three staff from DOLE Regional Offices  National Capital Region (NCR),  III and IV-Aalso shared their findings and recommendations  on the pre-testing of the profiling instruments.

The trained implementers shall be responsible for training the field supervisors and enumerators who will be hired to do the profiling this December.

The training was held on 27-29 November 2013 at Midas Hotel, Pasay City.

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