Manila – The Institute for Labor Studies successfully organized the 2017 DOLE Research Conference with the theme “Incisive, Innovative and Significant Researches for a Strong, Prosperous and Stable Life of the Filipino Worker,” last December 12-13 at the Hotel Jen, Roxas Blvd, Manila.

In his Opening Remarks, Assistant Secretary Avila thanked Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III for approving the six-year DOLE Research Agenda which will serve as a guide for the Department in conducting researches that will be the basis for policy formulation

“The value of these researches should find their way into actual policies of the Department and legislation by Congress. Policy-making should be based on these researches so that once implemented, there would be no friction between policy makers and implementers. And the most important thing when we do our researches is that we should be able to make our regional directors appreciate more the value of our research.”

Now on its 6th year, the two-day event has a total of 24 presentations by researchers from the ILS, the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE), Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), and Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).

This year’s researches are focused on programs and policies of DOLE as they seek to tackle policy and implementation gaps and recommend possible courses of action to address them. Topics include the Philippine qualifications framework, employment facilitation program addressing displacement of workers, labor inspection, contracting arrangements, disposition of cases, workplace productivity, design thinking as applied to regional operations, OFW reintegration, child labor, occupational safety and health in mines, social amelioration of sugar workers, and employment of Persons With Work-Related Disabilities (PWRD), among others.

The following researches were presented: Labor Market Profile (Ms. Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba, ILS); Framework for Green Jobs: National Human Resource Development Plan (Atty. Mary Grace L. Riguer, ILS); Enhancing Skills Demand-supply Nexus: A Gap Analysis of the Bureau of Local Employment’s Programs in Line with the Philippine Qualifications Framework Implementation (John Emmanuel B. Villanueva, ILS); A Study on Philippine Labor Market Integration: Introducing a DOLE Integrated Unemployment Benefit Program (Patrick P. Patriwirawan Jr., ILS); Labor Case Alerts (Celia Cabadonga, ILS); Legislative Analysis on the NLRC Appeal Bill (Tecelyn B. Maramag, ILS); Labor Laws Compliance System Annual Analysis Report (Joyce Anne S. Lumactud, ILS); A Case Study of Company Best Practices on Regularization of Workers in Contracting Arrangements (Ivan Cassidy F. Villena, ILS); A Research on Return and Reintegration:  Case Study of OFWs in Taiwan (Dennis Cabato, NRCO); Impact Evaluation of the JobStart Philippines (Ms. Ruth Rodriguez, BLE); JobsFit 2022 (Ms. Myka Rose Trono and Ms. Precious Bugayong, BLE); Survey on Workplace Productivity Improvement Programs and Gainsharing Scheme (PIPGS) (Atty. Stephanie B. Tabladillo-Yanson, NWPC); Programang Paggawa, Pa’no Ka Ginawa? Introducing Design Thinking in DOLE Regional Operations (Bernard Paul M. Mangulabnan, ILS); Process Evaluation of the Social Amelioration Program Socio-Economic Projects (SAP-SEP) and Tracer Study of the Educational Assistance Program (EDAP) (Maria Isabel D. Artajo, Stephanie Rose E. Flores, Paulina Kim C. Pacete, ILS); Gap Analysis of the Implementation of RA 9231 vis-a-vis RA 10533 (Enhanced Basic Education Act) (Brenalyn A. Peji, ILS); Work-Related Injuries and Diseases among Filipino Seafarers: A Review of Employees’ Compensation Claims from the Social Security Systems, 2013-2014 (Dr. Marissa L. San Jose, OSHC); Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Selected Elementary and Secondary Public School Teachers in Metro Manila (Dr. Jehremias M. Florante, OSHC); Current Situationer on Job Retention and Return to Work of Persons with Work Related Disabilities (PWRDs) in the Philippines (Dr. Raymond Banaga, ECC); A Survey on Job Retention and Return to Work on Persons with Work Related Disability (PWRDs) in Selected Regions in the Philippines (Frances Camille G. Dumalaog, ILS); Gap Analysis of Key OSH Conventions (Brenalyn A. Peji, ILS); Case Study on the Safety and Working Conditions in Selected Small-Scale Mines in the Philippines (Malorie Joy O. Mones, ILS); A Study on Safety and Working Conditions in Selected Surface Mines in the Philippines (Miraluna S. Tacadao, ILS); Occupational Safety and Health Profile of Selected Surface and Sub-Surface Mines in the Philippines (Dr. Darryl Lucian S. Bautista, OSHC); and Tracer Study on OSHC-Led Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training Participants from January 2013 to December 2015 (Dr. Reynold M. Sta Ana, OSHC).

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