CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Coordinating Committee 3 has laid down its priority commitments for the next 100 days.

Regional Director Ernesto Bihis said the commitments are in response to President Benigno Aquino III's 22-point agenda on labor and employment.

Updates on President Benigno Aquino III's presidency

The "priority deliverables" for the next 100 days was presented to labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz during the five-day Mid-Year Planning Assessment held in Los Banos, Laguna last August 9 to 13.

The deliverables include addressing jobs mismatches using the Skills Registry System, a component of the Dole's Project Jobs Fit: 2020 vision which will serve as an "online and offline mechanism" for the profiling and skills registration of jobseekers, from the urban areas down to the grassroots level. The system will be piloted in 3 local government units.

Bihis also mentioned the reactivation and strengthening of the Career Guidance Network Federation in the region, where new modules on newly created occupations for new booming industries will be introduced to graduating students from the secondary level.

Another priority will be the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority's programs for our returning overseas workers, such as the ladderized program on Competency Assessment and Certification, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration's various skills development and scholarship program schemes which will benefit overseas workers and their dependents.

Dole will continue to serve as a catalyst in the promotion and maintenance of industrial peace in fostering harmonious relationship between management and labor, through its various Labor and Management Education Programs, designed to raise the awareness of workers' rights as an immediate response to President Aquino's quest for achieving industrial peace, by creating more Labor Management Councils and working hand in hand with the private and labor sector to strengthen tripartism through Industrial Tripartite Councils and Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils for highly industrialized companies located at the Clark Freeport Zone and in other Freeports.

Part of the priorities includes the speedy disposition of all Dole cases, through the Project Speed Program, which was launched last year under its "More than Jobs" campaign, through the implementation of a faster and more efficient labor arbitration system by ensuring quality decisions, eliminating red-tape, and restoring integrity and fairness in its services.

The "Single Entry Approach," or the thirty-day mandatory conciliation and mediation shall be institutionalized as ways and means of settling issues or concerns between management and labor at the Dole-level and prevent them from maturing into labor standard cases.

Another is the reactivation at Clark Freeport of the ready-accessible "One-Stop-Shops" and Inter-agency Anti-illegal Recruitment Desk, for quick response on overseas employment requirement needs of migrant workers and addressing other OFW-related welfare concerns.

"Zero-Accident" will remain the main goal of Dole at the workplace, as it continues to enforce health and safety standards for occupational safety and reduce the incidence of occupational accidents. (Press Release)