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The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, through the Women Workers Development Division (WWDD), conducted its first virtual learning session on the Family Welfare Program (FWP) for DOLE implementers on 3 September 2020.

The virtual learning session on new policies and issuances affecting the implementation of the FWP aimed to enable newly designated FWP implementers to articulate the rationale and basic features of the Program and adopt or apply the program’s monitoring and reporting indicators.

In her opening message, Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla shared that earlier this year, the BWSC planned to gather FWP focal persons for a two-day orientation on FWP but because of the current COVID-19 situation in the country, everyone has to adjust to the new way of doing things and adapt to digitalization. “Early this year, we planned to gather all of you, all the FWP focals or regional implementers for a two-day orientation on new policies and issuances affecting the implementation of the FWP. But because of physical distancing and health protocols and given the localized application of quarantine guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19, we had to redesign this activity and shift to immediate platform, which is the use of virtual learning session”, she mentioned. “Our aim is to heighten the level of awareness of and enable our FWP implementers to gain more knowledge and understand policies and issuances relating to Family Welfare”, Director Perida-Trayvilla added.

Staff from the WWDD served as resource persons during the learning session. Ms. Maria Evelyn Lita Manangan, Chief LEO, presented a backgrounder on the FWP; Ms. Mercy Apurado discussed the Complementary Roles of the Labor Inspectors and FWP Regional Focal Persons/Implementers; and Mr. Robert Cudal explained the FWP Reporting and Monitoring Indicators. Mr. Brent Kenneth Calvo acted as Host and Moderator. After the presentations, an open forum ensued wherein the participants were able to raise and clarify their questions and concerns on the implementation of the Program.

A total of 50 FWP focal persons and representatives from the DOLE Regional and Field Offices that have jurisdiction over a high concentration of establishments participated in the session.

This is the first of the five-part virtual learning sessions to be conducted every Thursday, starting 3 September 2020 to 1 October 2020. Succeeding sessions will focus on the following topics: Safe Spaces Act, 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law, Expanded Breastfeeding Act, Mental Health Act, DOLE Commitments in the Philippine Plan of Action in Nutrition 2017-2018, and DOLE Support to Commission on Population and Development advocacy efforts on Family Planning Services.

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