Focusing on the provision of decent work to all Caraganon workers and believing that change is inevitable and part of public service improvement, DOLE Caraga made its best effort to deliver effective services and meet the targets for 2013 with the good leadership of Regional Directors Ofelia B. Domingo, Joel M. Gonzales and Johnson G. Cañete.
The program targets under the Employment Facilitation and Manpower Development Services were all met except for the job contractors covered for capacity building, which was based on the number of participants during the training. The attainment of a very satisfactory performance in the job search assistance, labor market information, capacity building for partners and employment regulation programs was attributed to the extraordinary effort of the PESO managers, pre-registration scheme during job fairs, involvement of the Career Guidance Network and the increase in job vacancies brought about by the opening of big supermarkets and malls in the region.
Employment Relations, Standards Enforcement and Protection programs also posted a very satisfactory accomplishment because of the strong partnership and linkaging with the Regional Coordinating Committee in the conduct of trainings where modules and inputs were not just general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards but also productivity and maintenance of harmonious work relationship and in the enrolment of companies under the Kapatiran program where performing Labor-Management Councils (LMCs) identified by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board were tapped. Best effort was done by the field office heads and hearing officers for the attainment of 98.6% disposition rate of labor standards cases which means only cases filed in November 2013 were not disposed and no cases lapsed based on the prescribed period. The two-tiered wage advisory in the mining sector was also issued spearheaded by the Regional Tripartite and Productivity Board. The most significant highlight in this area was the recognition given by Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz to DOLE Caraga for implementation of the Single Entry Approach (SENA). Caraga region garnered the 2 awards: Most Speedy Settlement and Most Improved Settlement Rate from October 2010 to September 2013. SENA is 2013 National Winner of Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award.
306% accomplishment in the number of informal sector and disadvantaged workers benefiting from livelihood program was posted, an achievement creditable to the increase of livelihood funds because of Bottom-Up Budgetting (BUB). 48 livelihood projects were established with a total amount of P15,922,728.27. Emergency employment was also given to agriculture workers affected by typhoon Pablo in Agusan del Sur and wood-based workers in Agusan del Norte. Relief goods for the Yolanda affected DOLE employees in Tacloban City and technical assistance in the establishment of livelihood projects for LGU-Alang Alang were also provided. The only thing we needed to give more focus is the liquidation of the fund releases which we could do with the full support of our LGU counterparts and accredited co-partners.