The Department of Labor and Employment  Inter-Agency Committee on Research and Statistical Matters (DOLE-IAC-RSM) held its 2nd Quarter Meeting on 8 May 2018 at  the iLearn Conference Room of the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) in Intramuros, Manila.

Assistant Secretary Alex Avila commended the members for the progress in their respective researches but highlighted the need for the said research outputs to be advocated to a larger body or presented to different stakeholders’ meeting for better appreciation and utilization of their policy research recommendations.

Members discussed the updates in their 2018 researches including concerns arising from it.

The ILS has lined-up 15 research projects supporting the following outcomes: a) increasing the employability of workers and competitiveness of industries, b) ensuring protection of workers’ rights and maintenance of industrial peace, and c) strengthening protection for vulnerable workers.

The Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) has partnered with ILS for a research on multi-employer bargaining while Bureau of Women with Special Concern (BWSC) coordinated with ILS for the evaluation and operation of a sustainable livelihood framework for displaced workers and other vulnerable groups.

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) has lined up a research on the assessment of Bilateral Agreements (BLAs) in coordination with ILS.

For its part, the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) has submitted six research projects for 2018 – 2020 to strengthen the protection of workers in the maritime industry, especially with the entry of women workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) has lined up seven researches for 2018, one of which seeks to analyze the effects of work-related stress in developing type 2 diabetes.

Asec. Avila reiterated the importance of the conduct of peer review, the capacity building for IAC-RSM members and the establishment of research ethics committee

The DOLE IAC-RSM is composed of all heads of DOLE bureaus, services and attached agencies who meet every quarter to ensure smooth implementation and achievement of research commitments by each agency. The committees’ main goal is to deliver responsive, effective and efficient policy researches for DOLE senior officials, policy makers and other stakeholders for evidence- based labor and employment polcies.

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