GOOD NEWS | 17 July 2019 |

DOLE-NCR senior officials with the delegates from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) of Viet Nam, Ministry of Manpower (MoM) of Indonesia, United States Department of Labor (USDOL), and International Labor Organization (ILO) Country Office for the Philippines.
(Photo courtesy of ILO via official Facebook Page at @ILOPhilippines)

MALATE, Manila—Delegates from the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) of Viet Nam, the Ministry of Manpower (MoM) of Indonesia, and the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) visited the regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment in the National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) on July 16, 2019, to study the labor inspectorate reforms in the Philippines.

The delegates were led by Cerilyn A. Pastolero, ILO-Manila National Project Coordinator for Labor Inspection. This was the second time that the DOLE regional office was visited by ILO for a study tour with its first visit held in September 2018. (READ: DOLE-NCR welcomes Pakistan delegates from ILO and GIZ)

The discussions were led by DOLE-NCR Regional Director, Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol, in company with Assistant Regional Directors, Atty. Sixto T. Rodriguez, Jr. and Atty. Marion S. Sevilla, and Division Chief for Labor Relations and Labor Standards, Nelia M. Mungcal.

The study visit, according to ILO, is implemented under their project, “Building the Capacity of the Philippines Labour Inspectorate.” Funded by the USDOL, said project aims to improve workplace compliance with national labor laws through a more effective labor inspectorate system.

Said project is implemented in partnership with DOLE, together with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Alliance of Progressive Labor-Sentro ng mga Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (APL-SENTRO), Associated Labor Unions (ALU), Federation of Free Workers (FFW), IndustriAll Global Unions, and Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP).

Regarded as the only tripartite United Nations (UN) agency for the world of work, ILO unifies all the governments, employers, and workers of 187 member States to establish labor standards and policies and create programs that will promote decent work for all women and men. The ILO Country Office for the Philippines was opened in 1970 and the first country in Asia to join a pilot program on decent work.

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END / Hershey Aquino

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