A Spawning Year! DOLE Caraga celebrates the achievement of ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Quality Management System (QMS) on December 8, 2012; heading towards sustainable economic development, transparency, and good governance by meeting international standards in terms of customer satisfaction in the Region. Corroborating excellence, the agency evaluates performances in Employment, Labor Relations, and Welfare and Protection to ensure that goals set at the beginning of the calendar year are met.
In the field of Employment Facilitation and Manpower Services, job placement rate increased by 12%; job fairs conducted proved to be successful; and Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) amplified by 14% from last year’s data. DOLE thrives for optimum results by promoting employment thru Phil-JobNet and momentous programs for both students and the labor force.
In the conduct of attaining industrial peace and improved worker-management relations, the agency belligerently enforced inspection and disposition of cases. One thousand three hundred eighty-four (1,384) establishments underwent inspection with 70% disposition rate. Collaboration with various private sectors heightened awareness of the four (4) Voluntary Code of Good Practices in Eco-Tourism, Maritime, Mining and Plantation. Further, we have cradled the advocacy for the safety of seafarers with Maritime Industrial Tripartite Council (MITC) support.
For the Employment Enhancement, Empowerment and Welfare, the agency extends its services to people with disabilities, abused children and unprotected labourers. Aspiring for a Child Labor Free Caraga Region, the number of children emancipated from this dire situation increased up to 29%, along with a 28% augmentation in livelihood enhancement for disadvantaged and displaced families. With the assistance of Caraga Family Welfare Council, Inc. (CFWCI), anti-violence against women, gender sensitivity and night work for employees were elucidated. Vigorous promotion of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) standards initiated the concept of BOSH in Mines, a joint project of Caraga Chamber of Mines, Inc. and Caraga Health and Safety Council to substantiate responsible mining and the well-being of their workers. Moreover, prevention of Illegal recruitment through massive orientation programs also increased by 45%.
Year 2012 has brought in significant developments and opportunities that need to be sustained. These are the improvements that can serve as platform for the agency in the following year and years to come. We thank Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz and the top DOLE officials for providing the direction and inspiration. With this, the men and women of DOLE Caraga Region are committed and remain undaunted in the pursuit of excellence and the “tuwid na daan” in spite of countless challenges. We stand firm and focused in realizing our God’s given mission of selflessness... to deliver efficient and honest public service to the people in our community.