City of San Fernando – A total of 86 field implementers from the regional offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) coming from the National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Regions 1, 2, 3 (Central Luzon), 4A (CALABARZON), 4B (MIMAROPA), and 5 (Bicol Region), yesterday, attended the DOLE's Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns' (BWSCs) orientation seminar on the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP) at the King's Royal Hotel, City of San Fernando in Pampanga.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz issued last March 28, 2014 Department Order (D.O.) 137 series of 2014, prescribing the standards and procedures in the implementation of the DILEEP, which is the DOLE's contribution to the national agenda of inclusive growth through the provision of transitional emergency employment and promotion of entrepreneurship and community enterprises of workers in the informalsector and other vulnerable groups of workers.

The DILEEP has two components, namely, Livelihood or the Kabuhayan Program and Emergency Employment Program (EEP) or more popuparly known as the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD).

Workers Welfare and Social Protection Undersecretary Ciriaco Lagunzad III, in his keynote message, cautioned regional implementers of not extending assistance to those who are in need or providing assistance for undeserving beneficiaries. That is why strategic planning and execution is crucial according to him.

Other DOLE officials accompanying Undersecretary Lagunzad to oversee the said orientation are host-region DOLE Central Luzon regional director Raymundo G. Agravante, BWSC Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba, Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) Director Atty. Catherine Legados-Parado, Internal Audit Services (IAS) Director Cristina Quismundo, and other BWSC/DOLE technical division heads.

BWSC Director Lobrin-Satumba, who presented and discussed the DILEEP's Regional Targets, said that the orientation seminar is necessary for all central and regional offices personnel directly involved in the management and implementation of the DILEEP to ensure a common understanding and interpretation of the program's policies and guidelines.

"We expect that the KABUHAYAN and TUPAD focal persons shall have clear and apt understanding of DO 137-14 in order for them to effectively carry out the mandate and functions as prescribed under the said DO," Satumba said, adding:

"This orientation aims to explain the key processes such as program management, fund releases, liquidation and reporting, monitoring and evaluation of the KABUHAYAN and TUPAD programs."

The BWSC, being the program manager of DILEEP, shall also define the roles and functions that will be undertaken by program implementers from the BWSC, DOLE regional and field offices.

Meanwhile, BWSC-Workers in the Informal Economy Development Division (WIEDD) head Ma. Lourdes J. Gonzales, who was assisted by Sr. Labor and Employment Officer Juliet Boquia, exhaustively explained the guidelines and provisions of D.O. 137-14 and likewise discussed, tackled, and clarified potential issues and concerns raised by field implementer-participants.

Another batch of orientation which includes the field implementors in the Visayas and Mindanao will be held on April 25 in Cagayan de Oro.

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