About Us

"The Primary Government agency mandated to Promote Gainful Employment Opportunities, Develop Human Resources, Protect Workers and Promote their Welfare, and Maintain Industrial Peace".


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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) started as a small bureau in 1908. It became a department on December 8, 1933 with the passage of Act 4121. The DOLE is the national government agency mandated to formulate and implement policies and programs, and serve as the policy-advisory arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment. It consists of the Office of the Secretary, 7 bureaus, 6 services, 16 regional offices, 12 attached agencies and 38 overseas offices with a full manpower complement of 9,806. It operates on a current budget of Php 6.618 B and ranks 14th out of 21 departments.


Vision, Mandate & Strategies

Consistent with the national development plan, its vision is the attainment of full decent and productive employment for every Filipino worker. It is mandated to promote gainful employment opportunities, develop human resources, protect workers and promote their welfare and maintain industrial peace. To contribute in the attainment of the national employment goals, it adopts the following strategies:

To carry out its mandate, the Department has 5  Field Offices, 2 Technical Support and Services Divisions, with 90 staff for policy and program supervision and/or coordination.


Clients, Partners and Linkages

It serves more than 38.51 million workers comprising the country’s labor force , including the 3.62 million temporary migrants working in about 215 destinations worldwide .

The DOLE clients include trade unions, workers’ organizations and employers and/or employers’ groups (i.e., ECOP, chambers of commerce and industries, TUCP, FFW, etc). There are 123 existing Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils or TIPCs (13 regional, 44 provincial, and 66 city/municipal) and 128 existing Industry Tripartite Councils (46 regional, 48 provincial and 34 city/municipal) serving as mechanisms for social dialogue in addressing labor and employment issues.

The DOLE also maintains linkages with non-government organizations (NGOs), government agencies, the academe, partner international organizations (e.g., ILO, IOM, IMO, UNDP, UNICEF), and with the international community, particularly the host countries where our OFWs are based.


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