The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is one of the offices under the DOLE Regional Operations Cluster, mandated to champion the cause of the Labor Sector and the Business Community which creates employment opportunities, with the (3) three Organizational Outputs (OOs) as its deliverables:

OO1:  Enhanced Employability of Workers and Competitiveness of MSMEs;

OO2: Ensured Protection of Worker’s Rights and Maintenance of Industrial Peace and

OO3: Strengthened Social Protection for Vulnerable Workers;

The regional office is responsible for planning, implementing and monitoring programs, activities, and projects, and determining their effectiveness and relevance to the government’s development thrust.  It is composed of one (1) Regional office based in Butuan City, (4) provincial offices and one (1) satellite office serving the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Dinagat Islands respectively.

Anchored on the thrust of generating employment and improving labor conditions, the regional office is a catalyst in the fight against poverty in the regions by promoting livelihood and employment opportunities and advocating for an enabling environment conducive to both employers and labor sectors in the process of maintaining relative industrial peace.

∞      History and the DOLE Mandate   ∞

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 Department of Labor and Employment stands as the national government agency mandated to formulate policies, implement programs and services, and serve as the policy-coordinating arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment.

The organization and functions of the Department of Labor and Employment are in accordance with the provisions of Executive Order No. 126 dated January 31, 1987, the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended, and other relevant and pertinent legislations.

The Department has exclusive authority in the administration and enforcement of labor and employment laws and such other laws as specifically assigned to it or to the Secretary of Labor and Employment.

∞      Vision, Mandate & Strategies       ∞

DOLE CARAGA REGION as an organization has established its purpose and strategic direction through its mission and vision.  The vision represents the aspirations of the organization as to its desired state in the future while its mission states its core purpose.  Core Values represents collective attitude and culture of the organization in the performance of its mandate.

∞      VISION      ∞

DOLE CARAGA REGION shall provide full, decent and productive employment for every Filipino worker in keeping with the national development goal of sustainable economic growth towards poverty alleviation.

∞      MISSION    ∞

DOLE Caraga Region, being the frontline office in the region, shall deliver services to the Filipino workforce supported by programs/projects guided by defined directions and strategies drawn up by the Department, specifically to:

  • Promote gainful employment opportunities and optimize the development and utilization of the country’s manpower resources;
  • Advance the welfare of workers by providing just and humane working conditions and terms of employment; and
  • Maintain industrial peace by promoting harmonious, equitable and stable employment relations

∞      Core Values   ∞

The DOLE is committed to uphold the highest standards of excellent public service by promoting, as a way of life of its personnel, the following core values:

Duty above all

  • Commitment to public interest – Upholding public interest over and above personal interest
  • Responsiveness to the public – Extending prompt, courteous, and adequate service to the public

Objectivity and Integrity

  • Justness and Sincerity – Remaining true to the people at all times, not discriminating against anyone; and respecting the rights of others and refraining from doing acts contrary to law, morals, good customs, public policy, public order, public safety, and public interest
  • Simple Living – leading modest lives appropriate to their position and income


  • Political Neutrality – providing service to everyone without discrimination and regardless of party affiliation or preference; non-participation in any partisan political activity at the expense of public service
  • Commitment to Democracy – maintaining the principle of public accountability; committing to the democratic way of life and values; and upholding the Constitution at all times
  • Nationalism and Patriotism – Being loyal to the Republic, to the Constitution and to the Filipino people and being obedient to all the laws, rules, regulations and other legal orders of duly constituted authorities


  • Professionalism – Performing duties with the highest degree of excellence, professionalism, intelligence and skill