The recently launched Mission Rebooting Activities through Community Engagements (RACE) program of the labor department is expected to stimulate economic activities and improve the labor market situation of communities all over the country. This was shared by DOLE Assistant Secretary and Concurrent BLE Director Dominique Rubia-Tutay to the public during the 1 July 2021 Laging Handa Public Briefing of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
Improved labor market outcomes – thanks to the ongoing recovery efforts, strong employment facilitation services and social protection programs, and the intensified efforts towards the protection and security of local and overseas Filipino workers. These were highlighted as key accomplishments of the labor department under the Duterte administration as described by Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay during a Pre-SONA Interview with CNN Philippines on 21 July 2021.
Since President Duterte’s assumption of office in 2016, the country’s labor market continuously recorded positive gains. Asec, Rubia-Tutay reported that the number of employed persons in 2019 reached 42.427 million; translating to roughly 1.429 million net generated employment prior to the pandemic. Unemployment and underemployment rates dropped to their lowest in decades; 4.5 and 13 percent, respectively, by the end of 2019.
The Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) has released a new set of updated career guides to supplement the government’s employment recovery efforts during the pandemic. The labor department’s local employment arm periodically releases such guides to aid jobseekers and students alike make informed decisions about their chosen careers.
The guides can be accessed at careerinfo.ph, a Career Information System developed and maintained by the BLE. The database provides valuable information such as nature of work, basic educational requirements, skills and competencies, attributes, employment opportunities, and cost of education training.
At the height of the pandemic, business and service operations came to an abrupt halt but Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) nationwide were some of the rare few that continued to provide services to the public despite the threat of the virus.
For this reason, the Department of Labor and Employment, with the assistance of its Regional and Field Offices and select media partners, will be launching the Bayanihan Service Award which aims to recognize the invaluable efforts of the PESOs in the past year.
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.