The Forum, PICC, Pasay City
December 6, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte led the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum within the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City.

In his keynote speech, the President underscored DOLE’s contributions to the administration’s efforts in uplifting the lives of the Filipino people through its provisions of decent and productive job opportunities, as well as its measures in securing the welfare and rights of Filipino employees.

“The department’s effective facilitation of employment and development of manpower, as well as its strict implementation of labor standards and social protection, have proven to be good and to show committed to advance the betterment of our working population,” he said.
President Duterte also called on all the DOLE officials and employees to let the celebration serve as a challenge for them to continue upholding excellence as they perform their duties in building an efficient, honest, and dependable government.
“Now, more than ever, we need more dedicated civil servants like you as we improve not only our bureaucracy, but the plight of our kababayans who aspire for dignified, comfortable and prosperous lives,” he added.
Furthermore, he assured that the administration would remain supportive of the DOLE’s reform programs and initiatives in harnessing the potential of its own personnel, as the department also looks after the growth and welfare of local and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
“As you embark on a new chapter in the DOLE’s history, may you continue to implement policies that will protect our workers — particularly the vulnerable ones — and strengthen the partnerships with other stakeholders towards the realization of our sustainable development goals,” the Chief Executive noted.
DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III and some 1,700 guests comprising the DOLE officials and employees, OFW returnees, and other invited guests from different labor groups also attended the event.

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