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In Region I, rural workers honed to be agents of change

 

Rural workers in Region I were strengthened further to be more active stakeholders in development. 

Upon the directive of Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra, the six field offices of the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I recently conducted Workers Organization and Development Program (WODP) trainings for 150 members of rural workers associations (RWAs).  

The participants are recipients of the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), namely, Alaminos City OFW and Family Association (ACOFA); Bulangit Fisherfolk Association (San Nicolas, Pangasinan); Langcuas Ube Producers Association (City of San Fernando, La Union); Tignay San Vicente OFW Association (Ilocos Sur); Carasi Loomweaving Association (Ilocos Norte), and Lambayan Multi-purpose Cooperative (Mapandan, Pangasinan). 

Training topics consisted of DOLE Department Order No. 40-03 which amended Rule V of the Labor Code (Labor Relations); DILEEP guidelines; project management; Occupational Safety and Health Program (OSHP); values formation; 5S; ISTIV (Industrious, Systematic, Time-Conscious, Innovative and strong Value for work) Productivity; simplified bookkeeping; financial report preparation; basic accounting; PhilHealth, Social Security System (SSS) and Pag-ibig/Home Development Mutual Fund programs. 

The participants were also engaged in group discussions, workshops and unfreezing activities to reinforce their learnings. 

Director Lacambra said the conduct of WODP trainings for the rural workers is a strategy to empower the latter in actively participating in the government’s promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all. 

Latest Labor Force Survey figures put the number of informal sector workers at 15.6 million or 38% of the total working population of the country. 

Workers in the said sector are not covered by labor laws and standards and usually lack access to social protection, making them vulnerable, the Regional Director said. 

“By way of capacity building interventions, our informal sector workers are empowered to work collectively for their mutual aid and protection. We also help boost government efforts to provide government assistance and social protection to them,” Director Lacambra said. 

The WODP aims to promote and strengthen trade unions and other workers’ organizations through the provision of training education information and entrepreneurship development assistance.  It serves as a facilitating mechanism in strengthening workers’ organizations and provides opportunities for systemic learning and growth aiming at greater productivity, prosperity and welfare among workers’ organizations, their members and dependents.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with reports from DOLE-RO I field offices 

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2018-08-31
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