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For employees’ safety and convenience, ATM installed at DOLE-7

Cebu City, Philippines. For more than two (2) years, Anna Marie B. Satorre had been inconveniently checking out automated teller machines (ATMs) for her transactions. She would, most of the time, try her luck from other ATMs not provided by her own bank since they’re the ones available when she needed money.

“It was very inconvenient. A certain amount would always be debited from my account since the ATMs I happened to use were not from my own bank,” she said.

Withdrawing from just any other ATMs anywhere, she added, was very risky. She said that there was even a time when her ATM card was captured by a machine. “It was scary withdrawing from a machine without getting your money and even your ATM card back. You simply had nobody else to turn to,” said the 31 year old, who works at the DOLE-7 as a labor inspector.

Rafael “Dongkoy” Davis III, a Senior Labor and Employment Officer, shared the same story. “I’ve always been wary of the skimming activities going around involving ATMs. If given a choice, I would have wanted to make transactions only with an ATM that’s provided by my bank. All I want is ATM security and of course, personal safety,” he said.

He recalled the many instances at the DOLE-7 while at work when he needed cash but could not withdraw after the ATM machine installed at the building was taken down more than 2 years ago.

This month, things changed not only for Ann and Dongkoy but also for the rest of the employees of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) and that of its attached agencies after the Land Bank of the Philippines reinstalled their ATM at the façade of the building.

“I was very happy that finally the ATM is back. I don’t have to look for other ATMs anymore. Above all, I feel very safe every time I would make withdrawal transactions since the ATM is just within the premises of the DOLE-7 building and there are security guards on duty, who could always assist us when needed,” Ann quipped.

During the reinstallation of the LBP-ATM, Dongkoy, for his part, was one of the first customers who made withdrawal transaction at the machine.

The reinstallation was inaugurated on 14 February by the DOLE-Regional Coordinating Committee (DOLE-RCC 7) headed by its chairperson, DOLE-7 Regional Director, Atty. Johnson G. Cañete.

“We are very happy and fortunate that the Land Bank of the Philippines finally reinstalled the ATM, which would be at everybody’s beck and call. It was our love offering for our employees, most especially. This development would definitely support our intention of promoting safety, security and convenience among the employees of the DOLE-7 and that of its attached agencies,” said Atty. Cañete.

He lauded and thanked Ms. Llewellyn Cavite, Branch Head of LBP-Osmeña Boulevard, Cebu City for their positive response to the DOLE-RCC 7’s request of the reinstallation of the machine.

Attending the ATM inauguration ceremony were the heads of the different field offices and divisions of the DOLE-7 and the heads of the DOLE RCC-7 member-agencies, namely: Presiding Commissioner Violeta O. Bantug of the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC-7th Division); Board Secretary Grace Carreon of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-7); Director Edmund T. Mirasol of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB-7); OIC-Director Mae D. Codilla of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA-7); Ms. Evelia D. Durato of the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA); and Mr. Dexter F. Paro, Regional Coordinator of the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO-7).

“We are encouraging everybody to maximize the use of the machine since we need to keep up with more than 300 transactions a day as a requirement for us to retain the ATM at the DOLE-7 Building,” said the DOLE-7 Head.

ATM transactions would include balance inquiries, he emphasized. He also urged other government offices nearby to make full use and take advantage of said ATM.



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

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