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DOLE’s 86th Founding Anniversary, a success

Cebu City, Philippines. Chuckles. Chortles. Shrieks. Sweats. Gasps. Snorts. Sighs. Claps. Whistles. And only the sound of the hearts thumping was the one not heard enough. Everyone was loud as cheers echoed within the walls of the social hall of the Cebu Port Authority, the venue of the DOLE’s 86th Founding Anniversary celebration held last 6 December 2019.

As the music pulsed from the speakers, the participants of the first ever held Sayawit Contest entranced the audience with a performance that left everyone glued to their seats captivated.

Sayawit, a combined cultural dance and singing competition was the latest introduction to an array of activities conducted in line with the Department’s Founding Anniversary celebration.

Participated in by five (5) groups composed of the members of the DOLE-Regional Coordinating Committee (DOLE-RCC), the competition, according to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, did not only encourage creativity and appreciation for the arts but also foster a healthy kind of competition among the participating teams, where sharing of ideas and collaboration were clearly at play.

The group composed of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO) emerged as the Sayawit 2019 Champion. The DOLE closely came in second, while the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC-7TH Division) landed on the third spot. 

Other participants included the NLRC-Regional Arbitration Branch and the group composed of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB-7).

More than highlighting the milestones that the Department reached in its 86th year of public service, Director Siaton also spelled out the need for working and having fun at the same at the Department and that of its Attached Agencies.

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. So the gathering of the family of agencies of the DOLE was a perfect way for everyone to let their hair down, enjoy, showcase their talents, take a breather and have fun,” said the Regional Director, who also could not thanked enough the members of the DOLE-RCC for their unrelenting support in all activities initiated by the Department.

The regional celebration bearing the theme, DOLE RCC-7 Cultural Night, Halad Alang sa mga Displaced Workers, was also in part done in order to demonstrate the Department’s sincere intention of involving its customers, internal or external, whether in its decision-making or in paying tribute to its stakeholders.

“For our anniversary celebration this year, we made sure to involve our beneficiaries of the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers or TUPAD program. It was like a tribute paid to them and hoping that by ding so, they would feel they are being valued as an important stakeholder of the Department,” said the DOLE-7 Head.

TUPAD beneficiaries of Barangay San Roque, Cebu City came to the venue and witnessed the entire celebration adding more color to it as their yells and hoorays helped push the participants not only of the Sayawit Competition but also of the Mr. and Ms. DOLE RCC-7 2019 become bolder and more daring.

The bravado of the contestants placed them at the following spots, namely: Mr. DOLE RCC-7 2019 (Orange Team); Ms. DOLE RCC-7 2019 (Light Blue Team); First Runners Up (Light Blue Team-Male and Yellow Green- Female); Second Runners Up (Yellow Green- Male and Orange Team- Female); Third Runners Up (Yellow Team- Male and Pink Team- Female); and Fourth Runners Up (Pink Team- Male and Yellow Team- Female).

Taking a significant part of the celebration was the DOLE RCC-7 Sports Fest with the Blue Team emerging as the Overall Champion followed by the Yellow Team at the second spot and the Yellow Green Team at the third place.

Other awards given were those for the 7S Competition winners. Declared as the 2019 7S Champion was the NLRC-7TH Division, which was followed by the NCMB as First Runner Up and the DOLE-Office of the Regional Director/Assistant Regional Director as Second Runner Up.

Another parallel activity also took place in the morning of December 6 – Project Angel Tree, which was held at the Skills Training Center, Cebu City. The activity, which is a component of the DOLE’s Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program (CLPEP), benefited around fifty (50) children at risk of child labor. They received gifts, food, clothing, bags and school supplies from the DOLE and its social partners.





For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at





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