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DOLE-X launches webinar series on labor laws


This maiden labor education series initiated by DOLE-X Regional Director lawyer Joffrey M. Suyao aims to provide an interactive platform that engages industry sectors and stakeholders in Northern Mindanao on labor relations with the theme: “COVID-19 in the Workplace: Combating Challenges, Discovering Opportunities.” Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board (RCMB-X) Director lawyer Ligaya R. Lumbay proactively worked on this project in the interest of informing the public on current issuances on labor and employment concerns during COVID-19 pandemic.


Director Suyao said the activity enables the Department to leverage on information and communication technology-based platform ensuring wider client reach as part of proactive strategy on labor education program advocacy under the COVID-19 post pandemic situation. Target participants are workers, employers, program partners from local and national government that has been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


The maiden session on “The Latest DOLE Labor Advisory Issuances” covers Labor Advisory No. 09-Series of 2020 or the “Guidelines on the Implementation of Flexible Work Arrangements as Remedial Measure due to the Ongoing Outbreak of COVID-19; Labor Advisory No. 17-S. 2020 or the “Guidelines on Employment Preservation Upon the Resumption of Business Operation”; and Labor Advisory No. 18- S.2020 or the “Guidelines on the Cost of Covid-19 Prevention and Control Measures” aimed to apprise public-participants on recent issuances of the Department that will guide labor and management sectors on handling current challenges besetting employment, economics and businesses.

Session topics also include workplace safety, building mental resiliency, improve workplace relationship, updates on Joint Interim Memorandum with DTI-DOLE on responses to Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) directives and vital industry sectors’ minimum health protocols as mandated by the government and the IATF.


Succeeding webinar series showcases experts to elucidate on resolutions and challenges besetting labor and management in this time of pandemic, as follows:





Session Topic

Speaker/Office/ Designation


July 30



7s of Good Housekeeping: Setting the Pathway to a Safe Workplace in the Period of Pandemic

Atty. Vergel B. Walag/ Board Secretary/ Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board-X


August 3



KamOSHtahan, Workplace Safety and ECC Update

1.   Dr. Maria Revelyn B. Galura/ Occupational Safety and Health Center

2.   Atheneus A. Vasallo/ Director II/ DOLE-X

3.   Estella D. Obice/ Employees Compensation Commission


August 12



Mental Health: Self Checking Behaviors and Best Practices in Positive Mental Health

Dr. Genaro V. Japos/ Philippine Association of Institutions for Research, Inc.


August 20



DOLE-DTI Interim Guidelines on Prevention and Control of COVID-19

1.   Atty. Fel Lester G. Brillantes/ Department of Trade and Industry-X

2.   Marie Elaine Salvaña-Unchuan/ Regional Director/ Department of Tourism-X


The first session was attended by interested clients from the five provinces of the region. As disclosed by Director Suyao, the following are the top five participating industries: academe with 14.1%; hotels and restaurants with 13.8%; wholesale/retail with 11.4%, construction at 8.2%, manufacturing with 6.9% and others at 15.6%.


Interestingly, there were 377 online attendees recorded for the maiden activity with 3,700 Facebook live viewers, 124 shares, 130 reactions, 64 comments and 14,136 people reached by DOLE LEES FB page.


Thus, Director Suyao affirmed that the turn-out of statistics positively manifests the interest of the partner-stakeholders in determining services that best cater to their respective needs.


Further, RCMB-X Director Lumbay as video conferencing host through Zoom for the whole series is one of the proactive organizers of the DOLE-LMC Team.


The Labor Management Convergence Team was organized with the concept of furthering labor education to interested parties from labor, management and government sectors utilizing fresh labor advisories in the COVID-19 pandemic era that will enhance foo human relations among workers and management.


Webinar attendees per session are entitled to e-certificates of participation after accomplishing the feedback form while another e-certificate of completion will be given if all sessions were attended by the registrants.


To register and more updates, please check


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DOLE-X Regional Director lawyer Joffrey M. Suyao discusses Labor Advisories 9, 17 & 18, S. 2020 on labor rules and regulations against COVID-19 ill-effects in the workplace during the Session 1 of the Labor and Management Convergence Webinar Series on 28 July 2020. (photo source: MED/DOLE-X)


RCMB-X Director lawyer Ligaya R. Lumbay as one of the organizers of the Labor and Management Convergence Team gives an overview of the Webinar Series during Session 1 on 28 July 2020. (photo source: MED/DOLE-X)


DOLE-X and Labor Management Cooperation Webinar Session 1 screenshot of DOLE-X Regional Director lawyer Joffrey M. Suyao as the Resource Speakers on Labor Advisory numbers 9, 17 & 18, Series of 2020 on 28 July 2020. (Photo source: GCL/DOLE-X)


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