The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) participated in a series of online consultation meetings for the development of the country’s recovery plan in view of the country’s transition to the new normal, dubbed Recharge PH. Under the NEDA-led Task Group on Recovery, Recharge PH aims to refocus, sharpen the design, and accelerate the implementation of programs under the 2020 General Appropriations Act in order to mitigate the pandemic’s impact and jumpstart the country’s economic recovery. Three sub-task groups have been formed by the Recovery Task Group – Economic Recovery, Social Recovery, and Governance – which are led by the Departments of Trade and Industry, Social Welfare and Development, and the Interior and Local Government respectively.
The Department of Labor and Employment expressed its support and appreciation for the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Bill (Bayanihan 2), which has just been approved in the bicameral conference committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on 20 August 2020 and ratified by the House on 24 August 2020. The bicameral conference committee has agreed to provide funding for the Bayanihan 2-related programs with a Php 140 billion budget and a standby fund of php 25.5 billion.
DOLE participates in the first virtual ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework Committee Meeting and Workshop
Due to the unforeseen consequences of the pandemic, the 8th ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) Committee Meeting and Workshop was held virtually on 24 August 2020 with around 50 delegates from the ASEAN in attendance. Hosted by the Indonesian Government, the meeting discussed updates on the referencing efforts of member states, the education and training system of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand, the AQRF Committee Work Plan for the next five years, and upcoming initiatives related to the AQRF.
In response to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive in his fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) to augment the education expenses of dependents of Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) returnees, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) embarked on the development of the proposed Tertiary Education Scholarship Grants under the CHED-Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST).
On 5-7 August, representatives from the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) participated in the 'Virtual Expert Dialogue on the Rapid Assessment for ASEAN: Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on Livelihoods of ASEAN Population', an online video conference aimed at reviewing and validating the draft rapid assessment report on the impacts of the pandemic from The Asia Foundation (TAF).