In a Virtual Press Briefer on 19 February 2021, Labor Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay expressed the Department’s zeal in doubling its efforts to help recharge and build back better the country’s labor market, recognizing the lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the country transitions into the New Normal, national government agencies have strengthened and implemented projects and programs which help the country rise above the challenges brought about by the pandemic and recuperate towards a healthy and resilient Philippines.

She joined Department of Transportation (DOTr) Chief of Staff/Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez and Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary Benito Bengzon, Jr in a discussion of their respective agency’s programs and projects geared towards the country’s economic recovery.

Assistant Secretary Rubia-Tutay discussed the Department’s flagship programs and policies towards economic recovery such as the COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program, DOLE AbotKamay ang Pagtulong, TulongPanghanapbuhaysaAting Displaced/Disadvantaged Workers, and the recently-signed National Employment Recovery Strategy 2021-2022.

The DOLE’s various COVID-19 mitigating measures has assisted close to four (4) million workers with financial assistance. Further, the crafting of a National Employment Recovery Strategy as a collective effort of national government agencies will help create a policy environment that encourages generation of more employment opportunities, improves supply and productivity of workers, and support existing and emerging businesses. It is hoped that at the end of the strategy’s implementation, the country’s labor market has recovered to its pre-pandemic state with an upgraded, tech-proficient workforce, empowered by accessible labor market information in safe and protected workplaces.

Assistant Secretary Rubia-Tutay also answered questions from various media outfits relating to the provision of CAMP assistance to tourism workers, the Department’s perspective on the lingering inflation, in-demand jobs in the New Normal, and the proposed wage subsidy program endorsed to the Office of the President.

Shedetailed that the proposed wage subsidy, which could range from Php 7,000 to Php 11,000 for three months depending on the average monthly wage rate, is in response to various labor groups’ clamor for further assistance to affected workers in light of the rising price of commodities and other economic impacts of the pandemic. Various labor groups and the House of Representatives have voiced support for the Department’s proposal which can help save jobs and promote employee retention.

The ReCharge Philippines’ Virtual Presser is held every month to apprise the public of the accomplishments and plans of various government agencies under the Task Group on Economic Recovery (TGER). The TGER is spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry, which also chairs the National Employment Recovery Strategy Task Force.