The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) participated in a series of online consultation meetings for the development of the country’s recovery plan in view of the country’s transition to the new normal, dubbed Recharge PH. Under the NEDA-led Task Group on Recovery, Recharge PH aims to refocus, sharpen the design, and accelerate the implementation of programs under the 2020 General Appropriations Act in order to mitigate the pandemic’s impact and jumpstart the country’s economic recovery. Three sub-task groups have been formed by the Recovery Task Group – Economic Recovery, Social Recovery, and Governance – which are led by the Departments of Trade and Industry, Social Welfare and Development, and the Interior and Local Government respectively.
The DOLE is part of the STGs on Economic and Social Recovery which are instrumental in identifying, monitoring, and evaluating programs, activities, and projects (PAPs) geared towards socio-economic well-being and rehabilitation. DOLE Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Labor Standards, and Special Concerns Ana C. Dione, Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay, and Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns Director Ma. Karina Perida-Trayvilla represent the Department in both Sub-Task Groups.
Existing programs of the Department such as the DOLE Integrated Livelihood Program, Tulong Panghapbuhay para sa Ating Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers, Productivity Toolbox Program for MSMEs, Employment Facilitation Services were identified as contributory programs for the expansion of economic opportunities and facilitation of access to employment for vulnerable sectors, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, proposed programs such as the Expanded Tertiary Education Scholarship Grant for FY 2020-2021 for Displaced/Repatriated OFWs and the CAMP-Abot Kamay ang Pagtulong endeavor help improve the economic prospects of Filipinos under the "new normal" through an action plan anchored on the updated version of the social protection framework from the Philippine Development Plan 2020-2022.
According to the NEDA, Recharge PH is to be implemented within 2020 and into 2021 and will be incorporated in the PDP Resiliency Plan. The Department is committed to continuously engage the Task Groups and ensure that labor-responsive strategies for the new normal will be included in the plan.