Last November 11 to 12, 2021, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), through the Workers Social Amelioration and Development Division (WSADD), conducted a technical learning session (TLS) for the Luzon cluster on the use of the offline Sugar Workers’ Maternity and Death Benefit Programs (SWMDBP) system.
The TLS is an offshoot activity from the 2021 Strategic Planning and Consultation Exercise in the Implementation of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) for Workers in the Sugarcane Industry, and the Social Amelioration and Welfare Program (SAWP) for Workers in the Biofuel Industry, where it was agreed that the BWSC, along with the DOLE Regional Office VI will explore the development of the system initiated by the DOLE Negros Occidental Provincial Office.
In her opening message read by Atty. Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla, Director of the BWSC, Undersecretary Ana Dione emphasized the need for valuable inputs during the session to better improve the system that will help both the program manager and implementers.
“The current pandemic situation has taught us to look beyond our old strategies or models in program implementation, and has led us to look into other possible strategies that will afford our clients better access to quality service, and provide adequate social protection benefits that bring forth the need to use new technology towards digitalizing some of the internal services and transactions,” she added.
The two-day activity revolved into different phases, from the review of SWMDBP requirements and process, presentation of the offline system, solicitation and presentation of inputs and comments, and presentation on the status of SAP implementation for the 3rd and parts of 4th quarter of 2021.
At the end of the series of TLS, a final version of the enhanced offline SAP SWMDBP Database System will be deployed to the DOLE Regional Offices (ROs), a Manual of Operation of the System will be drafted and disseminated, and an activity report and memorandum or instruction for DOLE ROs ─ highlighting the recommendations and agreements reached during the TLS will be prepared.
The next sessions will be on November 18 to 19, 2021 for the Visayas cluster, and November 25 to 26 for the Mindanao cluster.