SMX Convention Center, Pasay City
13 December 2012

President Benigno S. Aquino III noted the outstanding performance of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) this year, as he graced its 79th Foundation Anniversary held at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

In his speech, President Aquino praised DOLE for being the first agency to submit their sectoral plan for the Philippine Development Plan 2013-2016. He also acknowledged its noteworthy move to sign the social covenant which includes 79 patrons in the tripartite partners who will implement the Labor and Employment Plan.

Likewise, the President gave his salute to all the components of DOLE under Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz for their constant efforts to promote jobs in the country and to protect the welfare of the Filipino workers abroad.

Moreover, the Chief Executive commended the department’s celebration for accepting donations for the victims of Typhoon ‘Pablo’. An amount of P5 million was received from Mr. Conrado Oca of the Associated Marine Officers’ and from Mr. Masahiro Kondo of Japan Seamen’s Union. DOLE also provided financial aid amounting to P1 million for the victims of CARAGA and Davao. Similarly, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) will also donate P30 million to the affected families of overseas Filipino workers.

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