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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Central Office (CO) – Regional Offices (ROs) Consultative Workshop was held on March 24 – 27, 2015 at One Tagaytay Place Hotel Suites in Tagaytay City. Five years since the last consultation, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) headed by Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba facilitated this most awaited event to take place.

Regional Directors, Planning Officers and TSSD Chief from the 16 DOLE ROs together with the DOLE officials of the CO convened to discuss the program performance, target setting/commitments on DOLE programs and projects of their respective regions. Furthermore, this served as a venue to discuss the issues on related policies and directives on fund allocation and utilization.

"This activity should be an avenue to undertake a comprehensive consultation, thresh out issues and provide solutions and agree on targets which eventually contribute to poverty alleviation", Assistant Secretary Ma. Gloria A. Tango said in her keynote speech.

Two days were allotted for BWSC to present and discuss the Result of the Profiling of the Vulnerable Workers; Family Welfare Program (FWP) and Implementation of Batas Kasambahay; DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP); Social Amelioration Program (SAP); and Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP) particularly on the implementation of HELP ME Convergence Program, Child Labor-Free Barangays and Child Labor -Free Establishments.

Director Satumba stressed the need to implement the recognition and award system for FWP implementers as well as the review of the law governing the implementation of the program.

With regards to the DILEEP, ROs are reminded of the 15-day process cycle time for the processing of livelihood application. Also, ROs were reminded to profile their livelihood beneficiaries since 2010 to later on determine program impact. To measure client satisfaction, the BWSC on the other hand has to come up with customer satisfaction instrument appropriate to the assistance extended.

On the SAP, a policy proposal will be submitted to the Sugar Tripartite Council regarding amnesty of small planters from non submission of CBF payroll and exemption from CBF payroll submission in the future years. As support to the proposal, the concerned ROs in coordination with the sugar mills will have to determine and submit data on small planters. Monitoring SAP compliance of millers, planters and cooperatives will furthermore be included in the Labor Law Compliance System.

On the CLPEP concern, there is a need to revisit the criteria for Child Labor-Free Barangay as well as documentary requirements for Child Labor -Free Establishment.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz stressed the need of the Department to have a systematic documentation and reporting on the operations level. "Know your work, know your people, know your responsibilities", Baldoz remarked. Further, Baldoz urged the yearly holding of CO-RO consultation which will be synchronized with the MYPA or YEPA.

Undersecretary Reydeluz D. Conferido on his closing remarks encouraged the participants to give quality service and provide good news as the Labor Secretary's always does.

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