Editorial: The Department of Labor and Employment Celebrates Its 80th Anniversary

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), one of the oldest departments of the Philippine government, is celebrating its milestone 80th Foundation Anniversary on December 9, 2013, with the theme DOLE@80: Walumpung Taong Pag-unlad, Walumpung Taong Paglilingkod. DOLE was founded on December 8, 1933, through Act No. 4121 by the Philippine Legislature. It was renamed Ministry of Labor and Employment in 1980 and was renamed anew as a department after the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. It formulates policies, implements programs and services, serves as labor and employment policy-coordinating arm of the Executive Branch, and enforces the provisions of the Labor Code of the Philippines. DOLEs 80th Anniversary will be marked with an austere, simple celebration, focusing on assistance to ease workers plight in Bohol, Eastern Visayas, and Zamboanga. It has expanded its emergency employment program, in coordination with national and local governments, for residents in these areas and will extend livelihood assistance to assist workers in rebuilding their communities. DOLE is enrolling workers children under its Special Program for the Employment of Students. This years celebration pays tribute to the Filipino workers both here and abroad as well as DOLE personnel. Activities include job fairs, native sportsfests, and regional assemblies. DOLE will pay tribute to Filipino workers in Handog sa Manggagawang Pilipino to local and overseas Filipino workers; Handog sa Tapat ng Serbisyo to DOLE leaders and partners, employees and retirees; and Handog sa Empleyadong DOLE providing wellness, entrepreneurship, training, and welfare assistance to DOLE employees. …