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, 2012 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 (CMS). The organizational and functional structures of CMS 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 25 years.

Mandate

The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) is the policy research and advocacy arm of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as articulated in Section 3 of Executive Order No. 251. The ILS seeks to influence national labor and employment plans and policies through its research undertakings, projects and initiatives.

As a research institute, the ILS come up with relevant research information, studies, papers, materials, projects, seminars and activities that would be of help and value to labor policymakers, planners, advocates and workers.

As the government’s premiere labor think-and-do tank, the ILS also aims to undertake responsive and proactive policy research initiatives that are anchored on the DOLE’s three (3) strategic themes: Employment and manpower development; Labor relations; and Labor standards and social protection.

As an advocacy arm, the ILS promotes better labor policies in the Philippines through the accomplishment of its research thrusts which are rooted in advancing the welfare and well-being of the Filipino worker.

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

By 2016, ILS envisions to be a dynamic research institution at the forefront of bridging labor and employment research, policy and practice towards inclusive growth.

General Functions

ILS has the following general 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.

Core Values

In pursuing its mission, ILS is committed to abide by the following core values:

I nnovative Policy Researches (Trailblazer, Path Finder, Think Tank)

L eadership in Good Governance (Integrity, Accountability, Transparency)

S trategic Support Systems (Commitment, Professionalism, Competence)

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.

Core Operational Areas

The work of the Institute falls under two Major Final Outputs (MFO), namely MFO1 – Policy Research and MFO2 – Policy Advocacy.

Under MFO1 – Policy Research, the Institute produces Working Papers which present the results of the work of ILS researchers in their areas of specialization in preliminary form for discussion and critical comments.

Under MFO2 – Policy Advocacy, the Institute produces ILS Policy Briefs, ILS Background Papers, ILS Briefing Notes, Development Reports and Commissioned Reports.

Budget

Department of Labor and Employment – Institute for Labor Studies

Statement of Allotment,Obligation and Unexpended Balances CY 2011
Report of the Result of Expended Appropriations CY 2011

For 2011, the ILS spent a total amount of PhP 27,237,188.63 for its operations. The fund was utilized to specifically cover the research and advocacy undertakings, personnel services, and other administrative expenses incurred by the Institute in fulfilling its mandate.

Particulars Allotment Obligations Balances % of Utilization
Personal Services 18,066,000.00 18,065,558.88 441.12 100%
Maintenance & Other Operating Expenses 6,690,000.00 6,518,859.83 171,140.17 97.44%
Capital Outlay 3,488,000.00 2,652,769.92 835,230.08 76.05%
Total 28,244,000.00 27,237,188.63 1,006,811.37 96.44%

Statement of Allotment,Obligation and Unexpended Balances CY 2010
Report of the Result of Expended Appropriations CY 2010

Particulars Allotment Obligations Balances % of Utilization
Personal Services 15,642,206.05 15,642,206.05 0 100%
Maintenance & Other Operating Expenses 6,845,775.98 6,845,775.98 0 100%
Capital Outlay 1,976,060.97 1,403,136.80 572,924.17 71.01%
Total 24,464,043.00 23,891,118.83 572,924.17 97.66%

Directory of ILS Officials

MARY GRACE L. RIGUER
OIC – Executive Director III
Tel.: 527-3456 / Fax: 527-3448
Email: mglriguer@ils.dole.gov.ph

ATTY. STEPHANIE B. TABLADILLO
OIC – Deputy Executive Director III
Tel.: 527-3511 / Fax: 527-3491
Email: sbtabladillo@ils.dole.gov.ph

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

Officer-in-Charge
Tel.: 527-3523
Email: pppatriwirawan@ils.dole.gov.ph

EMPLOYMENT RESEARCH DIVISION
PAULINA KIM C. PACETE

Officer-in-Charge
Tel.: 527-3447
Email: pkcpacete@ils.dole.gov.ph

WORKERS WELFARE RESEARCH DIVISION
BRENALYN A. PEJI

Officer-in-Charge
Tel.: 527-3452
Email: bapeji@ils.dole.gov.ph

ADVOCACY AND PUBLICATIONS DIVISION
REINERIO A. ALBA

Officer-in-Charge
Tel.: 527-3490
Email: raalba@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