Manila, Philippines – In celebration of the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) 30th founding anniversary, the “Luna Lecture Series” and Design Thinking Olympics were formally launched last July 25 at the iLearn Conference Room, DOLE, Intramuros, Manila.

Designed as a forum event, the “Luna Lecture Series,” will be conducted in partnership with various universities and colleges around the country.

As the first-of-its-kind, the student-centric and ground breaking “Luna Lecture Series” aims to serve as an advocacy platform for ILS researches, to develop awareness on labor and employment issues, policies and programs among students and to strengthen research and advocacy partnerships with academic institutions.

The lecture series is dubbed “Luna Lecture Series,” because the moon orbits for almost 30 days and it is the constant companion of the Earth, and thus the use of the term “Luna” to denote the time honored partnership.

On the other hand, Design Thinking Olympics aims to introduce design thinking to DOLE’s operations, and mainstream design thinking as one of strategies in managing programs as well as in crafting region-specific policies that respond to the needs of their end users. The competition is anchored on the theme “Programang paggawa, pa’no ka ginawa?: Innovating public sector delivery.”

The Design Thinking Olympics is targeted to be held on August 3-4, 2017 at ILS Conference Room where participants will be given a DOLE-specific “design challenge” and will be led through the design thinking process (Empathize – Define – Ideate – Prototype – Evaluate) to ponder and solve it. It will also be piloted in select key Regional Offices of DOLE and will run from August 18 to September 29. The presentation of Final Outputs by participating Regional Offices will be on November 3, 2017.

The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) is the policy research and advocacy arm of the Department of Labor and Employment. For more information about ILS products and services, please visit: http://ilsdole.gov.ph or call Advocacy and Publications Division at tel.no. 527-3490.