On Wednesday, January 10, 2017, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) marked its eighth anniversary as a Bureau of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The BWSC was a product of the merging of the former Bureau of Rural Workers and the Bureau of Women and Young Workers in 2010, through the Executive Order No. 366.
Now, the BWSC assumes the functions of the merged Bureaus and acts as a recognized agency of the DOLE that champions the development and protection, primarily of disadvantaged workers or workers that are vulnerable to labor exploitation and abuse.
“From its merger, the Bureau has been given a stronger mandate as it continues to fulfill crucial role in championing the rights of workers to decent work and productive employment; to gender equality and economic empowerment; and in pushing for the rights of the children against exploitation”, BWSC Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla said.
Looking back, Director Trayvilla described the Bureau’s previous years as “eight years of bringing to the core, through its policies and programs, the workers who have been disadvantaged, vulnerable, or oftentimes, invisible”. To mark this milestone, the Bureau conducted an anniversary celebration composed of a thanksgiving mass, learning session, and service awards for retired personnel on January 17, 2017.
The whole-day program served as an opportunity to recognize the Bureau’s historical milestones and recall the past memories of those who contributed years of public service for the advancement of the Bureau’s clientele.
“Makikita natin na through the years, ang BWSC ay nakatutok sa vulnerable sector. Catch basin ‘yan ng lahat ng vulnerable workers. Ang challenge sa mga taga-Bureau ay you all have to be ready and flexible for your clients. Our services are needed by them. Kahit kaunti man lang, mapaigi natin ang buhay ng mga nasa vulnerable sector through our work”, Assistant Secretary Tango, who graced the event, said in her message.
As the Bureau work on another chapter, Director Trayvilla posed a challenge to the BWSC personnel, “As we mark the eighth year of the BWSC, we look forward to significant changes that will provide clients with better opportunities. It is an imperative to make our policies and programs more responsive to the needs of our vulnerable workers”. Director Trayvilla also emphasized that in order to give the utmost assistance to clients and make BWSC the best bureau that it can be, passion is something that all personnel must have.