DOLE Bicol-wide caravan on the road
by RP Escalante
Legazpi City (14 November) -- In its bid to provide hope to unemployed Bicolanos, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Bicol has launched 'DOLE On the Road for Hope (DOLE ORAH), a regionwide caravan that will visit all the Bicol provinces and provide fast services in line with skills, job processing and Overseas Filipino Workers concerns.
The first leg of DOLE-ORAH kicked-off in Catanduanes on November 6 and 7 where it was met with much enthusiasm by local officials and residents.
The project was conceptualized to run within November 2008 to highlight the 75th anniversary celebration of DOLE.
According to DOLE Bicol regional director Ernesto Bihis, the project scheme is to provide faster employment services by giving easy access to government agencies/offices to obtain requirements needed in applying for a job ass well as other concerns in employment.
Bihis said the DOLE-ORAH is supposed to be a one-stop shop for the Bicolano job seekers.
He said it is in coordination with the local government units and spearheaded by the DOLE- Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) composed of its attached agencies that include the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Regional Tripartite Wages Productivity Board (RTWPB), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA0 and the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC).
However, other government agencies like the NBI, DFA, SSS, HDMF or Pag-IBIG Fund and other offices/entities whose services are needed to facilitate documentary requirements in job application are also part of the caravan, Bihis added.
The activities bannered by the caravan consist of fund releases under the WINAP program amounting to some P3 million with the DOLE as lead agency; job fair spearheaded by DOLE and POEA ; learning sessions/labor management consultation undertaken by NCMB, free legal assistance provided by NLRC; skills fair and free competency exams by TESDA and PRC, wage orders and productivity seminar by RTWPB; and OFW Day by OWWA.
According to DOLE Bicol asst. regional director Irma Valiente who also acts as the caravan event-master, from Catanduanes the DOLE ORAH caravan will proceed to the other Bicol provinces in the following order - Masbate, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon and Albay.
Valiente said as highlight of the DOLE-ORAH project, Labor Secretary Marianito D. Roque will be the keynote speaker and guest-of-honor in its Camarines Sur leg set on November 20 -21 to be held at Naga City Youth Center.
On December 5, The DOLE-RCC is set to hold its "Pulong-Pulong sa DOLE", an annual activity that the RCC conducts which is similar to the "Ulat sa Bayan" of the Office of the President. (DOLE/PIA) [top]