ORIENTAL MINDORO – With the start of school year 2019-2020, DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office (DOLE OrMin) headed by Engr. Juliana H. Ortega seized the opportunity to bring the Labor Education for Graduating Students (LEGS) to different schools in the province.  Initially, in June 2019, three schools have participated in the said labor education attended by a combined total of 532 graduating students.  Of that number of students, 231 or 43 percent are graduating from K to 12 program in Oriental Mindoro National High School in Calapan City whose job prospects will make use of their acquired technical skills.  Other participating students will graduate from baccalaureate courses: 176 from Paradigm College of Science and Technology and 125 from John Paul College, both from the municipality of Roxas, Oriental Mindoro.

As one of the approaches under the DOLE’s Labor and Employment Education Services (LEES), LEGS provided the students with knowledge on basic rights and obligations of workers, and prerogatives and responsibilities of employers.  The module also covered labor standards pertaining to wages and wage-related benefits, social welfare benefits and occupational safety and health standards.   These topics stirred the students to raise questions such as What will happen if the employer do not comply with standards?  Do a resigned employee get separation pay?  Interestingly, the module was designed to address similar questions and other related concerns of newbies.

LEGS also served as a venue for the students to know the latest job opportunities in the labor market and to receive timely and important advice on job search activity, what documents they need to prepare as job applicants, how to make an effective resume and cover letter, and how to ace the job interview.

With the effective facilitation of DOLE OrMin staff using visual presentations, LEGS is geared towards accomplishment of its desired end result – the graduating students become responsible workers in building harmonious labor and management relations and in the attainment of decent and productive work.

End/Mari-jo L. Cordova