MORE than a month since he was appointed as incoming Labor Secretary, Silvestre Bello III has finally met outgoing Labor chief Rosalinda Baldoz to discuss the transition of leadership at the agency.
In an interview after their meeting, Bello said that Baldoz had promised to provide him all the necessary assistance and guidance during the transition.
“She said she will send me a one or two page briefer,” said Bello.
Among the issues they discussed are contractualization, endo (end of contract), and the welfare of migrant workers.
He also said he has already met with key Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) officials during his meeting with Baldoz.
Bello said he is also mulling at holding office at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City or at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration in Mandaluyong City, instead of the Dole main office in Intramuros, Manila.
As to possibly reshuffling Dole officials, the concurrent government adviser on the peace process with the Communist Party of the Philippines-National Democratic Front said he is not keen on it.
“Usually, when I come into a department, I live with the people there. Initially, my intention is to keep all of them,” said Bello.
Nevertheless, the former Justice Secretary said he is looking to conduct a performance audit at the Dole as soon as possible.
“My first agenda is to conduct a performance audit for officials and employees of the department. I intend to keep all of them unless, as a result of the performance audit, there shall be a need for reorganization,” said Bello. (HDT/Sunnex)