The DOLE, through the Bureau of Local Employment, conducted a nationwide face-to-face capacity building on the implementation of the Alien Employment Permit Management System (AEPMS) in Clark, Pampanga on May 18-20, 2022.
The event aimed to capacitate the regional focal persons in handling, evaluating, processing, and monitoring of applications for issuance of an Alien Employment Permit which is a document issued by the DOLE Regional Offices that authorizes a foreign national to work in the Philippines.
In her welcome message, Assistant Secretary Dominique Rubia-Tutay proudly said that "The event marks another milestone in our digitalization and digitization efforts to regulate and monitor the alien employment in the country as we are preparing for the next level of the rollout of the AEPMS.”
During the first day of the event, the DOLE Regional Office AEP focals and IT focals were oriented about the AEPMS journey and user access control policy which will serve as their guide in using the system.
The second day of the event focused on workshops where participants were given cases for exercise to familiarize themselves with the system use and interface. The event also provided an avenue to collate comments and suggestions from the focals and IT personnel for future improvements of the AEPMS.
Also present during the event were Undersecretary Ana C. Dione, DOLE RO III Director Geraldine Panlilio, and Assistant Regional Director Alejandro Inza Cruz.
In her message, Undersecretary Ana C. Dione emphasized the need to fast track the implementation of the AEPMS because the technology is fast-changing and the DOLE must adapt to the changes brought by the pandemic. She also ensured the readiness of DOLE-ROs in using the system on the said date.
The DOLE Regional Offices were informed that the system shall be fully implemented by June 1, 2022.
The AEPMS shall digitize and improve efficiency in the processing and issuance of AEPs, noting the surge of applicants from 2019 onwards in the National Capital Region. Pandemic restrictions also prompted the search for alternative mode that adapt to the new normal, to which a computerized system eases anticipated inconveniences to both client and the AEP focal. The AEPMS has been developed from the collaboration of BLE ESPRD, DOLE Planning Service, and the DOLE NCR IT Team.
The event was organized by the BLE – Employment Service Policy and Regulation Division headed by Ms. Rosalinda P. Pineda.