Butuan City – DOLE CARAGA is set to implement a major event with the theme, “Usbong Caraga: Kalinaw ug Panginabuhian Ipatigbabaw” a convergence event with the DOLE-Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) stakeholders and partners, at the Atrium of Robinsons Butuan on October 25, 2019.

The event marks the following important activities: Signing of Social Accord on regularization of workers and implementation of the new Occupational Safety and Health Law, Awarding of the different DOLE Livelihood Assistance to 10 livelihood groups consisting of 401 beneficiaries, Recognition of the 2019 National Productivity Olympics Winner from Caraga, Distribution of Starters Kits to 5 OFW teachers for the program “Sa Pinas Ikaw ang Ma’am at Sir” (SPIMS) and Project Angel Tree: Gift Giving to 50 children.

As part of the activity, DOLE officials will meet and greet with the different beneficiaries of the DOLE Livelihood Assisted Projects, as well as the officers and members of the various employer associations in the region. This is also an opportunity to extend the department’s salutation to the National winner for Productivity Olympics, Agribusiness Category, JIDA Aqua Resources, the success of which highlights one of its star productivity factor, which is its gain-sharing scheme.

DOLE and its attached agencies, namely the  Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board (RCMB), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB), National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC), Overseas Workers Welfare Association (OWWA) with attached office National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) are spearheading this event, together with partners and stakeholders from labor, management, local government, informal sector groups, among others.

In relation to the Signing of the Social Accord, it may be mentioned that as of October 2019, a total of 15,908 workers in Caraga have been regularized: 2,600 workers in 2016; 3,800 in 2017, 6,008 in 2018 and 3,500 in 2019. Meantime, with the implementation of RA 11058 or the Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and the Penalties Thereof, Caraga has implemented at least 20 Occupational Safety and Health seminars to not less than 1,450 workers in the region.

SPIMS meanwhile, is a reintegration program for OFW LET (Licensure Exam for Teachers) passers who opt to come home and practice their profession.  Since 2015, at least 50 OFWs have been reintegrated and now work as public school teachers in Caraga region.

Lastly for Project Angel Tree, which is a component of the DOLE Child Labor Prevention and Elimination Program, an array of social services that range from food, clothing, educational assistance or school supplies, and even work and training opportunities are made available by sponsors or benefactors (‘angels’) to child laborers and their families.

It aims to improve the economic and social conditions of child laborers and their families and increase the number of allies and advocates of child labor prevention and elimination.  As of Sept.30 this year, DOLE Caraga has profiled 3,578 children, of which 3,400 child laborers have been profiled.  Target is to profile 4,425 children, refer and provide identified child laborers necessary services and ultimately withdraw them from child labor.