Manila – The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) successfully concluded its Introductory Workshop on Design Thinking last February 9 at the Local Governance Learning Center in Intramuros, Manila.


The event was graced by Assistant Secretary Alex V. Avila, who is also the Chairman of the DOLE Inter-Agency Committee on Research and Statistical Matters (IAC-RSM), and attended by ILS employees headed by ILS OIC- Executive Director Mary Grace L. Riguer, OIC-Deputy Executive Director Brenalyn A. Peji, including other representatives from various DOLE bureaus and agencies and members of the IAC-RSM.


Asec. Avila noted that application of the Design Thinking methodology could positively help the Department in crafting regulations and policies and that he looks forward to a series of workshops utilizing the said approach to further improve DOLE’s programs.


ILS OIC-Executive Director Riguer considers Asec. Alex’s favorable message as an imprimatur to organizing a Design Thinking workshop not only for the IAC-RSM but also for the other bureaus and agencies of the DOLE.


The workshop was conducted by Phil Smithson, a User Experience expert with over 10 years’ experience in the digital landscape. Design Thinking is a human-centered process for creating new, innovative ideas and solving problems, which is not limited to a specific industry or area of expertise.


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