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Labor education reached over 58k CL workers, students & employers in 2019

City of San Fernando, PAMPANGA, February 21 -- Some 58,460 students, workers, and employers in Central Luzon were provided with labor and employment education services (LEES), the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. III reported Friday.

In her report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, DOLE 3 Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita said that the agency surpassed its target for year 2019 by 95%. “Of the 29,903 targetted in the beginning of 2019, DOLE 3 was able to go above and beyond to reach more audience,” Angara-Campita mentioned.

LEES is composed of three— Labor Education for Graduating Students (LEGS), Labor Relations, Human Relations and Productivity (LHP) Seminars, and Continuing Labor Education Seminars (CLES). Graduating students hence potential workers are prepared in the world of work through LEGS while employees and employers are the targets of CLES and LHP.

For LEGS, 32,506 students were given seminars on pre-employment preparation, recruitment, employer and workers’ rights, mandatory benefits, and minimum wage.

Meanwhile, topics during the phase of employment were covered in LHP wherein a total of 3,769 workers and employers attended. This covered discussions including but not limited to basic labor relations, alternative dispute resolution and grievance machinery, employees’ compensation benefits, family welfare program, and occupational safety and health.

Through CLES, 13,973 workers and management representatives were provided with various modules under post-employment phase. 

Both LHP and CLES are conducted at the enterprise or plant level.

According to Campita, the LEES program targets establishments that have been previously evaluated as having low compliance with labor standards. “It’s a continuous unlearning, learning, and re-learning for both the management and workers. As we update and revise our rules, we also have to cascade them to our workers, employers and other stakeholders,” Campita remarked.

Establishments may signify their interest on DOLE labor education services through writing the nearest DOLE field office in their area.

END/ A. Cunanan

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