Committed to promoting decent and productive work for Filipino workers, the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) celebrated its 40th founding anniversary this June 2022. The month-long celebration was filled with activities commemorating the success and milestones of the Bureau, strengthening the core values and teamwork of its employees, and reigniting the spirit of public service in the years to come.

Kicking off the celebration, the Bureau’s Employee Welfare and Gender and Development Work Teams collaborated and organized the 2022 BLE Capacity Building Activity on 01-03 June 2022 in Zambales. The three-day activity immersed the BLE employees in the day-to-day operations of the Public Employment Service Offices of San Marcelino and Olongapo City, increased their awareness on Gender and Development (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression Equality “SOGIE” Bill and mental health), and engaged them in various team-building activities. DOLE Olongapo Field Office graciously welcomed and hosted the Bureau’s visit.

Additionally, a thanksgiving dinner was organized on 29 June 2022 at the Century Park Hotel, Malate, Manila. This intimate event was graced by former DOLE Secretary Marianito D. Roque, National Wages Productivity Commission’s Executive Director Maria Criselda Sy, and selected stakeholders who greatly contributed to the Bureau’s success. During said dinner, employees who have served the Bureau for five years and more were recognized for their valuable contributions. Attendees were also treated to video messages from former BLE employees on how the Bureau transformed their professional lives, plus a video of the Bureau’s achievements and milestones through the years.

As the BLE family looks back 40 years since its establishment, the Bureau has indeed gone through great lengths of trials and triumphs. For forty years, through different faces and changing leaderships contributing to its successes today, one thing remains the same – the Bureau’s teamwork, hard work, and dedication to provide public service for local employment – and this shall continue for another 40 years and more.