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DOLE eyes giving webinars on latest issuances

Cebu City, Philippines. As the Department of Labor and Employment attempts to keep up with the “new normal,” it also changes its approach on how to meet the needs and requirements of its stakeholders.

For one, the usual conduct of face-to-face orientations and seminars will now be replaced by webinars or seminars conducted over the internet.

According to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton, it’s high time to make use of and exhaust the presence of technology especially at these very extraordinary times.

“We cannot go on conducting face-to-face seminars and orientations due to the big risks at stake. At the same, we cannot also leave our stakeholders clueless of the latest issuances and pronouncements issued by the Department. They should know and be updated about them,” she said.

Just recently, Director Siaton had a meeting online with Sangnguniang Panlalawigan of Cebu Member Glenn Soco, together with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce; Mandaue City Chamber of Commerce; and the Hotel, Resort and Restaurant Association of Cebu.

“It was a very fruitful meeting and I’m very thankful to PB Soco for making it possible. One of the agreements reached was for DOLE to conduct webinars on its latest pronouncements and issuances. As of now, I have delegated to one of my Division Chiefs to develop course contents for these webinars,” said the DOLE-7 Head.

The DOLE, she said further, will start focusing on the DTI and DOLE Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 as well as with several labor advisories issued recently by Secretary Bello.

The DOLE-7 Head reminded companies that the DOLE and DTI will be monitoring their compliance to safety and health standards as provided for under the Interim Guidelines. However, companies need not panic, she added, since the DOLE for its part will ensure to make such monitoring as developmental as possible. “These webinars will now be our bridge towards the companies informing them of what to do and how things should be done before any monitoring or checking is conducted,” she added. Once the course contents for the webinars are polished, the conduct of which will start as soon as possible, she assured.

“Actually, we already have the idea of webinars in mind, although we have not yet formally commenced it insofar as the labor standards and labor relations are concerned. However, as for the DOLE-Technical Support Services-Employment Workers Welfare, these things have been done already by way of conducting online meetings and seminars with different stakeholders especially with the Public Employment Service Office (PESO) Managers in Region-7,” said the Regional Head.

The DOLE-7 is confident that with the use of technology, the Department will still be able to reach out effectively to all its stakeholders and address their needs.

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 234-3317 or tricitydole7@yahoo.com.ph; (032) 266-7424 or cpfodolero7@gmail.com; (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-9741/ dolenegrosoriental@gmail.com; (035) 480-9244 or dolesiquijor@gmail.com; (038) 501-0277 and (038) 411-0806 or doleboholfo@gmail.com.

 

 

 

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2020-06-29
SALOME O. SIATON
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