The Department of Labor and Employment backs IT-BPM companies on work-from-home (WFH) arrangements to be eligible to receive government incentives stipulated in the Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises (CREATE) law. The Department is particularly keen on expanding the benefits granted to firms operating in economic zones.
Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay attended the May 2021 Asian Productivity Organization’s (APO) Training Course on Foresight for Public Sector Organizations with representatives from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Turkey. Together with Assistant Secretary Rubia-Tutay as Philippine delegates were representatives from the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Philippine Skills Framework agreement signed by DOLE, 10 other agencies to reskill and upskill workforce
Eleven (11) national government agencies, including the DOLE and PRC, forged an agreement on the Philippine Skills Framework (PSF), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry towards building the country’s human capital, during an online ceremonial signing held on 25 June 2021. The collaboration is aimed at upskilling, reskilling and equipping the workforce with new digital skills to prepare them for the future of work.
NERS preliminary report reveals over 1 million Filipinos provided with work-related assistance in 2021, so far
According to initial figures gathered by the National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS) Task Force secretariat, the DOLE - Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), 1.191 million Filipinos have received aid through the task force’s 8-Point Employment Recovery Agenda with around Php 2.232 billion of its allocated Php 1.139 trillion budget having been disbursed to date. These statistics were reported during the 3rd Principals Meeting of the NERS Task Force on 22 June 2021, conducted via videoconferencing.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has signed Executive Order (EO) No. 140 officially adopting the National Employment Recovery Strategy (NERS) as the Philippine government's master plan for the restoration of the country's labor market. The EO institutionalizes the 20-agency strong NERS Task Force (TF), charging it to implement the strategy from 2021 to 2022, in response to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In coordination with its partner agencies in implementing Mission Rebooting Activities through Community Engagements (RACE), the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) successfully held a four-day orientation for its program implementers from 8 – 11 June 2021 via Zoom video conferencing. The orientation for Local Healthy Economic Recovery Officers (HEROs) and HERO Supports included representatives from different DOLE Regional Offices.