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DOLE Anniversary dedicated to workers it serves

Cebu City, Philippines. Short. Simple. Meaningful. Relevant. That was how the DOLE’s 85TH Anniversary celebration went through with workers taking center stage of the celebration.

Bearing the theme, Kaagapay sa Matapat, Malinis at Maaasahang Serbisyo, the celebration centered on initiating an activity for the landslide victims in the City of Naga, Cebu - an act of kindness, which, according to DOLE-7 Regional Director, Atty. Johnson G. Cañete, definitely made it timely, meaningful, and significant.

“In coordination the with Public Employment Service Office and City Social Welfare Development Office of the City of Naga, we pre-selected through drawing by lots 85 workers from among the beneficiaries of the DOLE’s Emergency Employment Program at the landslide area,” said Atty. Cañete.

Pails, laundry soap bars, toiletries, slippers, toothbrushes, sacks of rice, sugar, bottles of water and energy drinks, biscuits, coffee, bottles of alcohol, noodles, bihon, and among others were brought to the City of Naga right after Ms. Maria Brenda A. Gabato, representing City Mayor Kristine Chiong, received them during the Anniversary Celebration held on 7 December 2018 at the Multi-Purpose Covered Court/Gym of the School of Knowledge for Industrial Labor, Leadership, and Service (SKILLS) Education, Cebu City.

“Most of the beneficiaries came from Barangays Tina-an and Naalad, the barangays, which we all know were the hardest hit places by the massive landslide in September. It’s LGU-City of Naga now taking charge of the distribution of the goodies to recipients,” added the Regional Director, who couldn’t thank enough the attached agencies of the DOLE and other social partners for their generosity extended to the landslide victims.

Apart from the DOLE, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-7) and its OFW Organization-affiliates turned-over donations to the families of OFWs affected by the same tragedy. The following extended their selfless assistance: Overseas Filipino Worker and Dependents Union-Mandaue City; Marlow Navigation Seafarers’ Wives Association; Apostleship of the Sea- Cebu Chapter; GinikananNagUsasaGugmasamgaAnak (GUGMA); and the OWWA Regional Office No. 7. Likewise, the OWWA also awarded checks in the amount of PHP20,000.00 as financial assistance to identified  OFWs, whose dependents died during the landslide.

Adding vibrance to the celebration was the releasing of livelihood grants to the LGUs of Balamban and Pinamungajan, Cebu. DOLE released the amount of PHP5,500,000.00 to LGU-Balamban, which would be used to finance the Integrated livelihood projects of fifteen (15) DOLE-accredited workers’ associations in the municipality. The LGU-Pinamungajan, on the other hand, received PHP1,226,925.00 – the amount, which would be used by five (5) identified workers’ associations in their respective alternative livelihood projects.

The National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO-7), an attached office of the OWWA-7, recognized its partner-agencies in the operationalization of the One-Stop-Shop Service Center for OFWS (OSSCO), which is housed at SM City Cebu. Citations were also conferred to other social partners that included the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) of the Cebu Provincial Government and the Department of Education Regional Office No. 7. Recognition was also afforded to two beneficiaries of the Sa Pinas, Ikaw ang Ma’am/Sir (SPIMS) program, who have demonstrated excellent performance as public school teachers as well as to Dr. Nelso M. Mejia, Jr., the recently-hailed 2018 NRCO-ISP Sea Farers Business Plan Competition National grand prize winner.

Also taking place during the celebration was the releasing of the three (3) units of tri-cycles to the May 1 Labor Day Celebration Raffle Draw winners, who included the following, namely: Mr. Romano C. Bontia of Banilad, Mandaue City, Cebu; Mr. Nieves V. Romagus of Tabogon, Cebu; and Mr. Roel G. Borgonia of Bacayan, Cebu City. The tri-cycle units were courtesy of the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).

Also an equally important part of the celebration was the conduct of the Project Angle Tree, a component of the DOLE’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP).

Thirty-four (34) children and 34 parents, who all hailed from the firecrackers capital of Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu were the recipients of the goodies and snacks prepared by the DOLE, its attached agencies as well as from other social partners.

Capping off and culminating the celebration was the 2018 Gawad Linaw Awards, the Search for the Most Outstanding and Innovative Labor Relations Practices spearheaded by the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council-Mandaue City (TIPC-Mandaue City).

The Search, according to Atty. Cañete, is a project of the Council in partnership with the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry along with the LGU-Mandue City, DOLE RO-7, NCMB-7, and RTWPB-7 and various labor unions and establishments in the City of Mandaue.

On its second year, the Search produced yet another set of winners - A.D Gothong Group under the Large Category and Cebu Furniture Support under the Small Category. Other finalists included the following, namely: Cenapro Chemical Corporation (Special Citation for Significant Improvement in the State of Labor-Management Relations); Virginia Farms, Inc. (Special Citation for Environmental Protection and Concerns and Advocacy); and Zuellig Pharma Corporation (Special Citation for Corporate Social Responsibility).

“We were overjoyed by the outcome of our simple celebration. Our sincere thanks went out to all our partners and attached agencies of the Department, whose willingness to help will always be treasured,” added Atty. Cañete.

Ms. Evelia Durato of the POEA, one of the donors, said that among all the Anniversary Celebrations she had been to, the simple one held on December 7 was by far the most memorable. “It was not complicated. It was simple, short and most of all very meaningful,” she said.

The celebration kicked off with a Holy Mass attended by the officials and staff of the DOLE-Regional Coordinating Committee (DOLE-RCC) member-agencies, which included the following, namely: NLRC-7TH DIVISION; NLRC RAB; POEA; OWWA; NRCO; NCMB; RTWPB; ECC; OSHC, and PRC.



For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Information Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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