Labor Assistant Secretary Gloria A. Tango lauded the representatives of several bureaus and agencies of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today in coming up with livelihood sustainability strategies for vulnerable sectors which include workers in the informal sector, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Led by the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), the consultation cum writeshop held at the BWSC office was geared on formulating sustainable delivery of services to vulnerable workers that will result to income and employment benefits.

Attended by technical staff from the Overseas Workers and Welfare Administration (OWWA), National Reintegration Center for OFWs, National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), Employees Compensation Commission (ECC). Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the BWSC, several proposed strategic actions to ensure sustainability of livelihood projects being provided by the Department were crafted.

These strategies include among others the adoption of the Self-Reliant Organizations for Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (SRO for CARP) which is mainly capacity building of workers organizations/associations, social preparation and convergence of programs and projects of the various agencies of the national government, productivity toolbox, training and retaining/retooling of skills of OFWs and other vulnerable workers and, partnership with the private sector.

Presently, the DOLE provides livelihood programs which include the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), NRCO's Balik Pinay, Balik Hanapbuhay and the OWWA's Balik Pinas, Balik Hanapbuhay Programs.

The strategies crafted by the concerned agencies will be presented during the DOLE-wide Yearend Performance Assessment (YEPA) on December 15-16, 2014.

Meanwhile, members of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Social Protection of Vulnerable Workers Enhanced Cluster also met today at the BWSC Conference Room to refine and harmonize issues and recommendations that were identified by the group during its pre-yearend performance assessment last December 10, 2014 at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

Planning Service Director Adeline Castro led the TWG in refining these issues and recommendations which will likewise be presented during the 2014 YEPA and 2015 Planning Exercise./MPFrianeza, PMTSSD

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