Overview

Brief History

The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) traces its roots from the Institute of Labor and Manpower Studies (ILMS) created by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 620 issued in December 21, 1974 by President Ferdinand E. Marcos to provide then Ministry of Labor and Employment with technical support in policy-making and program implementation. ILMS mandates extend from undertaking policy researches and studies to implementing capacity building programs for the officials and employees of the Department of Labor.

The rationalization and restructuring of the organizational and functional structures of government agencies and instrumentalities had led to the changes in ILMS’ organizational state. The issuance in January 31, 1987 of Executive Order No. 126 by then President Corazon C. Aquino abolished ILMS and its research and publications functions will be absorbed by the newly created Center for Labor Studies (CLS). The organizational and functional structures of CLS had served as the bases of the present organization of ILS.

ILS was formally established in July 25, 1987 through Executive Order No. 251 issued by then President Corazon C. Aquino in response to the growing need of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for more comprehensive and innovative research to back up its policy recommendations. Headed by an Executive Director and assisted by a Deputy Executive Director, ILS has been instrumental in the promotion of labor market efficiency, industrial peace and social justice in the last 30 years.

Mandate

The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) is the policy research and advocacy arm of DOLE as articulated in Section 3 of Executive Order No. 251. ILS has the following functions as provided in E. O. No. 251:

1. Undertake research and studies in all areas of labor and manpower policy and administration;

2. Review the rationale of existing legislations and regulations and analyze the cost involved in the implementation of such legislation against the benefits expected to be derived;

3. Study and develop innovative and indigenous approaches towards the promotion of harmonious and productive labor – management relations, and the improvement of workers’ welfare services;

4. Develop and undertake research programs and projects in collaboration with other national agencies to enhance the Department’s capability to participate in national decision- and policy- making;

5. Enter into agreements with international or bilateral agencies to carry out the foregoing functions;

6. Expand the scope of research interests with other countries and regions;

7. Publish research studies for dissemination to government as well as to all concerned parties; and

8. Perform such other functions as may be provided by law or assigned by the Secretary.

Mission

The Institute for Labor Studies shall contribute to efficient and effective labor and employment policy and decision-making through relevant, responsive, and high quality policy researches and research supports.

Vision

ILS shall be a dynamic research institution at the forefront of bridging labor and employment research, policy and practice towards inclusive growth.

Quality Policy

As the leading institute specializing in labor and employment research, the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) is committed to promote good governance through the delivery of innovative, responsible, competent and cutting-edge research and technical services along the full breadth of policy development process in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). The ILS shall continually enhance the value of its services through the adoption of best practices, improvement of competence and strengthening partnerships and systems while ensuring effective, efficient, transparent and accountable use of resources.

Core Values

The heart of the Institute is our employees who are guided by the following core values:

Integrity We act with honesty, transparency, and accountability in all our undertakings.

Excellence We commit to deliver quality research in labor and employment.

Public Service We uphold the interest of Filipino workers at the core of our service.

Innovation We adopt progressive approaches and offer novel policy solutions in pursuit of decent work.

Compassion We give priority to our employees’ well-being and embrace their diverse skills, personalities and interests as essential elements in our expression of malasakit to Filipino workers.

Organization

The Institute for Labor Studies is led by its Executive Director and the Deputy Executive Director. It has four technical divisions, namely, the Employment Research Division (ERD)Workers Welfare Division (WWRD),Labor and Social Relations Research Division (LSSRD), and the Advocacy & Publications Division (APD). It has one administrative and support unit, the Finance and Administrative Division.

Directory of ILS Officials

AHMMA CHARISMA LOBRIN-SATUMBA
Acting  Executive Director III
Tel.: 527-3456 / Fax: 527-3448
Email: aclsatumba@ils.dole.gov.ph / oed@ils.dole.gov.ph

MARIA ISABEL D. ARTAJO
Acting Deputy Executive Director III
Tel.: 527-3511 / Fax: 527-3491
Email: midartajo@ils.dole.gov.ph

LABOR AND SOCIAL RELATIONS RESEARCH DIVISION
PATRICK P. PATRIWIRAWAN, JR.

Chief Labor and Employment Officer
Tel.: 527-3523
Email: pppatriwirawan@ils.dole.gov.ph / lsrrd@ils.dole.gov.ph

EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH DIVISION
PATRICK P. PATRIWIRAWAN, JR.
Acting Chief Labor and Employment Officer
Tel.: 527-3447
Email: pppatriwirawan@ils.dole.gov.ph / erd@ils.dole.gov.ph

WORKERS WELFARE RESEARCH DIVISION
MARIA ISABEL D. ARTAJO

Acting Chief Labor and Employment Officer
Tel.: 527-3452
Email: midartajo@ils.dole.gov.ph / wwrd@ils.dole.gov.ph

ADVOCACY AND PUBLICATIONS DIVISION
REINERIO A. ALBA

Chief Labor and Employment Officer
Tel.: 527-3490
Email: raalba@ils.dole.gov.ph / apd@ils.dole.gov.ph

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION
CAMILO FRANCO S. CABUSAS

Chief Administrative Officer
Tel.: 527-3522/527-3511 / Fax: 527-3491
Email: cfscabusas@ils.dole.gov.ph / fad@ils.dole.gov.ph