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DOLE's program implementation up for an upgrade

Cebu City, Philippines. New systems are expected to be put in place at the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) especially on the implementation and delivery of programs that require close monitoring.

DOLE Undersecretary, Atty. Ana C. Dione, during her visit at the DOLE Regional Office No. 7, yesterday underscored the need to make use of a system that will enable the DOLE not only hit its targets but also maintain the quality of service that’s being delivered to its clients.

She highlighted the DOLE’s programs on Inspection; Alien Employment Permit (AEP); Single Entry Approach (SEnA) including the harmonization of schedule among all officials and personnel involved in the conduct of several activities; among others as matters that should be taken care of closely.

Being the concurrent Regional Director of DOLE-NCR until 25 June, she said there are some tools that have proven effective especially in the monitoring and rating of the performance of labor inspectors insofar as the inspection program is concerned, adding that quality of work rendered by each one would always be different from just merely hitting the targets.

“These systems should be cascaded to the Regional Offices before the year ends. They are not perfect but they are working at the Regional Office level so it’s only but right to share what’s good to everyone,” said USEC. Dione.

DOLE-Regional Office No. 7 is the first region visited by Dione now in her capacity as Undersecretary for Labor Relations, Special Concerns, and Regional Operations Cluster.

“It’s important that we know how to take advantage of technology and incorporate it into our strategies and eventually into a system. I’m hoping for all the Regional Offices to adopt these systems very soon to be able to help all of them perform despite their limited manpower and other constraints,” added the Undersecretary.

She said however, that there are really systems that cannot be changed and that understanding them would help the Regional Offices even the offices at the Central Office strategize properly.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton was ecstatic that for the first time in the Region, a top official of DOLE-Central Office visited the Regional Office and found time to talk to the personnel in a very informal gathering.

“A key official from the DOLE-Head Office listening and talking not only to us, officials of DOLE-7, but also to all other rank-and-files was something new. The line of communication was made open for anyone who had concerns and true enough, there were some who really took the time to ask and clarify about certain programs. And for that, we are very thankful to USEC. Dione for the time and especially for listening to us,” said Director Siaton.

The DOLE-7, she said, will welcome the possible introduction of new systems adding that, “It is important for the Region to re-visit how things are done and perhaps re-engineer the way its plans and commitments are being carried out.”

Apart from meeting with the DOLE-7 Officials and personnel, USEC. Dione also graced the meeting of the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC-7) and witnessed the symbolic turnover of the safety video that’s been crafted by the Cebu Contractors’ Association (CCA), the group’s contribution in advocating the safety and health in the workplace.

The Undersecretary likewise represented Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III as keynote speaker of the 3-day Fifth OSHE Annual Convention and General Assembly of the Workplace Advocates on Safety in the Philippines, Inc. (WASPI) held at the Bayfront Hotel, NRA, Cebu City from 5 to 7 June 2019.




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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