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DOLE and stakeholders take partnership vows anew

Cebu City, Philippines. “I am elated. I didn’t expect that this is how our partners perceived the DOLE as an organization. I didn’t expect them to be so ready and available for us. The kind of support that we received from them is monumental and completely heartwarming. Para akong na-iiyak.”

This was how DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton reacted listening to the messages of support and commitment that the stakeholders of the DOLE freely gave during the virtual Session with Stakeholders that was held as part of the DOLE-7 2020 Year-End Performance Assessment (YEPA) and Planning Exercises conducted last Friday, 18 December.

Pouring her heart out, Director Siaton commended the DOLE’s stakeholders for their trust and show of collaboration with the Department especially in areas where there’s a lot of emerging issues and concerns between the workers and employers.

“This session with our stakeholders is our way of communicating to the public of our programs and services. In this way, we hope to heighten public awareness of the DOLE’s mandate as an implementing arm of government. We want our stakeholders engaged with us and see what specific areas we could both actively collaborate for,” explained the Regional Head, who assured the DOLE’s stakeholders of the Department’s continued will to do more to be able to achieve its targets set in 2021.

Part of the activity was the presentation of the DOLE-7’s 2020 Performance Highlights; the interventions it has undertaken to address the adverse impact of the Covid-19 pandemic; the different initiatives it took to the foreground together with its stakeholders; and the targets it set to hit and accomplish in calendar year 2021.

Restricted by the pandemic, the DOLE-7 took the Session with the Stakeholders to the online platform this year that was described by the Mandaue City Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Steven Alain Yu as the most dynamic interaction between the DOLE and its stakeholders especially the business sector.

“We are very happy and we hope that the support given by DOLE led by Director Siaton will continue. Information dissemination is very clear. The response of DOLE to a lot of issues is very clear. With this pandemic, we also level up the kind of communication that we have. We’re looking forward for more collaborations with DOLE in 2021,” said Yu.

In 2020, one of the initiatives done by the Department was to facilitate a quicker and faster mode of communication by creating an online messaging platform with the Cebu Business Sector, whereby concerns are discussed and solutions are resorted to within an atmosphere of dialogue.

Represented by the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Managers; Industry Tripartite Councils (ITCs)/Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils (TIPCs); Workers’ Unions; Workers’ Associations; and the various Chambers of Commerce in Central Visayas, the activity did not only create an environment for more inclusive tripartism and social dialogue but also ensured that the interests of the different sectors are given emphasis.

Committing to implementing the programs of the DOLE in 2021 particularly the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES), Mandaue City PESO Manager Musoline Suliva said that the local government unit of Mandaue City is in full support to the DOLE, who said further that, “In 2021, we will also be conducting a series of job fairs to mitigate the harsh impact of the pandemic.”

The same of vigor was reinforced by Dumaguete City PESO Manager Maria Socorro P. Mira, who assured the DOLE of their continued commitment and support in the implementation of the Department’s programs. “For the JobStart Program alone, we have already allocated Four Million Pesos for that. We hope that the future will be bright for us as we continue working closely together,” she said.

Ms. Padma Mangharam-Siap of the Cebu City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for her part, thanked Director Siaton for always being available for the Cebu Business Community. “The collaboration and the webinar that we did really got wonderful feedback and we really appreciate it. We will continue being the voice of the business community. By strengthening the business community, we could also strengthen employment. In spite of covid, we will rise again. We will continue to collaborate and make it a wonderful synergy between DOLE and the Cebu Chamber of Commerce,” she added.

Also giving their wonderful insights of the conduct of the activity and commitment to the programs and services of DOLE were Ms. Maria Vilma C. Yorong, Regional PESO Managers (REPESOM-7) President; Mr. Bonifacio Conde, ITC-Maritime Management Representative; Mr. Crispin Soriano, Jr., ITC-Construction Vice Chairperson for Labor; Dr. Roberto Cabardo ITC-Education Vice Chairperson for Labor; Ms. Carmelita Piramide of the USC-KNN, Inc., one of the accredited co-partners (ACP) of the DOLE’s implementation of its livelihood program; and Ms. Arlene “Pinky” Mante of the Personnel Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP-Cebu Chapter).

“Listening to everything said about supporting the DOLE, we also renewed our commitment to do more, to serve more and collaborate with our stakeholders more. The pandemic will not delimit us to only offer an average kind of service. We want to give them the best of what we can in 2021,” said Director Siaton, who enjoined all stakeholders to take the journey with the Department.

To recall, DOLE-7 started engaging its stakeholders by way of making them part of their strategic and planning exercises in December last year, where it got positive and favorable responses.





For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 2667424/ (for companies located or employees working outside the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu);09616965058; 09616965057; (032) 5132566; (032) 2343317/ (for companies located or employees working within the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu);(038) 4110806; (038) 5010277/ (for companies located or employees working in Bohol;(035) 2262778; 09751761424/ (for companies located or employees working in Negros Oriental); and (035) 4809244/ (for companies located or employees working in Siquijor);



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