In celebration of Women’s Month, BLE joins the nation in the recognition and appreciation of the significant contributions made by women to society. The 2023 National Women’s Month Celebration is a significant milestone in the progress of women’s rights, as it introduces a new recurring theme for the next six years, until 2028: WE for gender equality and an inclusive society.

The theme is also aligned with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028, which aims for “deep economic and social transformation to reinvigorate job creation and accelerate poverty reduction by steering the economy back on a high-growth path.” PDP also highlights that growth must be inclusive, building an environment that provides equal opportunities to all Filipinos and equipping them with skills to participate fully in an innovative and globally competitive economy.

The Bureau participated  in the Philippine Commission on Women’s DigitALL Forum entitled ChatGE: Talk about Gender Equality on 15 March 2023 via meeting and streaming platforms. The online forum showcased the government’s efforts to increase the visibility of women in  technology and digital realm. Ms. Evangeline G. Aviñante, Labor and Employment Officer III, Program Management Division, served as the Bureau’s resource person on  current and emerging labor market trends and the Department’s initiatives towards increasing employability and expanding access to labor market opportunities for all, including women and the youth in a digital economy.

Finally, in line with the 19th Women with Disabilities Day Celebration, the Bureau, through the DOLE-National Capital Region and Quezon City Government’s Public Employment Service Office (PESO), collaborated with the National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) in the conduct of a Job Fair on 28 March 2023, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, at Skydome, SM City North, EDSA. Vacancies offered for Persons with disabilities (PWDs) were in the sectors  of  Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Hotel and Restaurant, Wholesale and Retail Trade, Construction, Bank and Finance, Information Technology and Shared Service, Government, and Local Companies (DO 174).  Six (6) out of the seven (7) PWDs are women and were Hired On The Spot (HOTS) as service crew, production staff, and Assistant Manager while Near Hired PWDs account to  238  individuals.