December 1, 2023

With the Filipino workforce at the center of its strategic goal to be gainfully employed, globally competitive, secure, safe, and healthy, the Department of Labor and Employment prioritizes the delivery of the various services and implementation of corresponding programs and projects.
The Public Employment Service Office or PESO is a non-fee charging multi-employment service facility that is community-based and maintained by local government units and non-government organizations. The program makes possible for jobseekers and employers to have direct matching. PESO accommodates not only students, jobseekers, and employers but also provides help to migrant workers, planners, researchers, persons with disability, returning OFWs, displaced workers, and labor market information users.
The Career Guidance Advocacy Program was developed to help raise awareness and support for career advocacy and employment counseling to lead the youth and students to select their courses to sidestep skills mismatch and underemployment while the National Skills Registry Program is the government’s online manpower database. The government invites workers all over the country to register in Public Employment Information System (PEIS) to make themselves visible to the employers.
Mandated under Republic Act 10917, the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) helps poor but deserving students find ways to cater some of their needs financially.
Jobstart Philippines is a DOLE-implemented project in partnership with the Asian Development Bank and the government of Canada implemented through the local PESO offices in target areas.
The Labor Inspection Program was formulated to operationalize the constitutional mandate to protect the interest and welfare of the employees towards the promotion of social justice and maintenance of industrial peace by encouraging voluntary compliance and enforcement of labor laws. Assessment refers to the determination of compliance by establishments with labor laws, which include the general labor standards, occupational safety and health standards and other related labor laws and issuances.
The single-entry approach is an administrative approach to provide a speedy, impartial, inexpensive, and accessible settlement procedure of all labor issues or conflicts to prevent them from ripening into full-blown disputes or actual labor cases. As a form of conciliation-mediation intervention, the main objective is to effect amicable settlement of the dispute among the differing parties through a neutral party.
The working child permit is issued to a child 15 years old and below to prevent the child’s exploitation and discrimination such as payment of minimum wage, hours of work and other terms and conditions required by law and shall ensure the protection, health, safety, morals and normal development of the child during the course of his/her employment. This assures that the child’s employment will not involve production of materials promoting alcoholic beverages, intoxicating drinks, tobacco and its by-products or exhibiting violence in any public entertainment or information.
The Construction Safety and Health Program is one of the important provisions of Department Order 13 and the joint administrative order-MOA signed by the DOLE, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Trade and Industry, and Professional Regulation Commission. It aims to promote the safety and health of construction workers and avert the recurrence of construction-related incidents by requiring the contractors to secure an approved CSHP from the DOLE before an infrastructure project commences.
The DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program is a project that helps existing livelihood transformed into sustainable business by maximizing the community resources and skills. It enhances, restores, and forms livelihood through trainings on productivity improvement, workers’ safety and health, entrepreneurship development, and the likes, networking and business alliance and social protection advocacy.
The Tulong Pangkabuhayan sa ating Displaced Workers is a community-based package of assistance that provides emergency employment for displaced workers, the underemployed and the unemployed poor for a maximum of 30 days, depending on the nature of work.
The Government Internship Program aims to provide young workers, particularly the poor ones, an opportunity to demonstrate their talents and skills in the field of public service with the ultimate objective of attracting the best and the brightest who want to pursue a career in government service, particularly in the fields and disciplines related to labor and employment.
The Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program is pursuant to RA 9231 and 7610 or the laws providing stronger protection for a working child and eliminating the worst forms of child labor by providing special protection of children against child abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
The Batang Manggagawa Quick Action Team is an inter-agency quick action team headed by DOLE and its members from the National Bureau of Investigation-Violence against Women and Children’s Division, representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the DOLE Labor Inspectors and Child Labor Program Project coordinators.