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DOLE to conduct biennial surveys in Cordillera

Baguio City (16 September) -- The integrated survey of the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES), popularly called BITS, and the 2010 Occupational Wages Survey (OWS) go full swing this month in the Cordillera Region, Department of Labor and Employment-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR) regional director Anne Dione announced recently.

The biennial, simultaneous surveys are regular programs meant to rationalize DOLE activities on the collection of data, specifically on key labor and employment indicators.

"These surveys are aimed to provide the public with an integrated data set on key labor and employment indicators, and in pursuit of the DOLE agenda to be transparent and accessible," said Dione.

The OWS gathers data on the actual employment and wage rates of time-rated workers providing services on full-time basis in selected occupations in identified non-agricultural industries.

On the other hand, the BITS is a survey of establishments nationwide geared to generate an integrated data set in employment of specific groups of workers, occupational shortages and surpluses, balancing work and family responsibilities and working time arrangements, occupational safety and health, and occupational injuries and diseases.

"The data gathered under the OWS are vital in wage and salary administration and in wage determination which are crucial inputs to collective bargaining negotiations, while the data gathered under the BITS are indispensable inputs to studies on industry trends and practices. These data serve as bases for policy recommendations on employment, conditions of work, and industrial relations," Dione explained.

The BLES last conducted the OWS and the BITS survey in 2008. This year, 6,779 establishments comprise the national sample, 48 of which are spread out across the six CAR provinces. The DOLE-CAR is utilizing project-based employees?trained by the BLES?to conduct the surveys. All other DOLE regional offices are conducting the twin surveys this month. (PIA) [top]

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