All outsourced personnel and job order deployed in DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Office and Oriental Mindoro Field Office were gathered in Tamaraw Hall, Provincial Capitol Complex, Calapan City on 15 February 2019 as the first batch of participants of this year’s Labor and Employment Education Services (LEES). This activity enabled them to learn their rights and obligations as workers, the management prerogatives and responsibilities as well and to understand their role in an employer-employee relationship.

Concerning this, Ms. Arlene Repomanta, one of the outsourced personnel commented: “Lubos po akong nagpapasalamant sa DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office sampu ng aking mga kasama sa isinaayos nilang labor education. Marami po kaming natutunan hinggil sa aming mga karapatan at tungkulin bilang mga manggagawa, kung papaano kami ay dapat maging bihasa sa aming mga trabaho at malinang ang tamang work attitude” (On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to sincerely thank DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office for this labor education. We learned a lot about our rights and obligations as workers, how we should enhance our skills and cultivate right attitude towards work.)

Undeniably, the auxiliary functions these personnel performed significantly contribute to the successful implementation of labor and employment programs and services towards the attainment of the DOLE’s mission and vision. With that in mind, Engr. Juliana H. Ortega, DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office Head, thought they deserve to be the priority for this kind of labor education and even supported her rationale with a popular quote that “education begins at home.” DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales expressed the same tone of appreciation for the outsourced personnel and job order. He impressed on them their worth in the organization and encouraged them to keep up on improving their competencies at work – their knowledge, skills and attitude.

The students rendering on-the-job training were also invited on this activity bringing the total participants to 34. Towards the end of the year, DOLE Ormin is targeting more than 3,000 individuals to benefit from LEES.

Meanwhile, LEES is an innovation from labor education’s traditional pedagogical style of delivery towards a more pro-active, coherent, technology-based, accessible and comprehensive approach.  This new approach makes use of integrated modules and other instruction and informational materials, such as learning audio-visuals in order to reach out more to its target clienteles.   This aims to enlighten, educate and provide knowledge on the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers, work ethics, values, skills and other relevant information to enable them to become responsible partners in building harmonious labor-management relations and the attainment of decent and productive work.

End/Mari-jo L. Cordova