Labor and Welfare

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is the primary government agency mandated to promote gainful employment opportunities, develop human resources, protect workers and promote their welfare and maintain industrial peace. Its Bureau of Labor Employment Statistics agency reported that as of July, 2006, the total labor force of the Philippines reached 36 million. This is 92% employment rate of people who are at least 15 years old.

DOLE also recognizes the private sector’s function as the primary engine of economic growth. It bridges opportunities with more significant employment generators. As a result, the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP) was established to map out strategies for a unified labor center in its commitment to conduct and support labor education, research and training programs, help achieve a stable economy for the country through the medium of peaceful and harmonious employer-employee relations, and to promote democratization of wealth ownership as a means of achieving a sound, stable and lasting economy.

Additional Source: National Statistics Office

Department of Labor and Employment
DOLE promotes gainful and dignified employment, ensure workers protection and welfare, maintains industrial peace, and enhances sectoral partnership to bring about social justice and sustained equitable economic growth.

Civil Service Commission
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is the central personnel agency of the Philippine government. One of the three independent constitutional commissions with adjudicative responsibility in the national government structure, it is also tasked to render final arbitration on disputes and personnel actions on Civil Service matters.

Overseas Workers Welfare Administration
The Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) provides welfare assistance to registered overseas workers and their dependents.

Philippine Overseas Employment Administration
The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration is responsible for optimizing the benefits of the country's overseas employment program.

Government Service Insurance System
The GSIS is mandated to provide and administer the following social security benefits for government employees: compulsory life insurance, optional life insurance, retirement benefits, disability benefits for work-related contingencies and death benefits.

PAG-IBIG (Home Mutual Development Fund)
The Pag-IBIG Fund was basically conceptualized to address two of the country's basic concerns: generation of savings and provision of the shelter for the workers.

Social Security System

The Social Security System (SSS) administers social security protection to workers in the private sector.

Department of Social Welfare and Development
The DSWD provides a balanced approach to welfare whereby the needs and interest of the population are addressed not only at the outbreak of crisis but more importantly at the stage that would inexorably lead to such crisis.

National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons
The National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons (NCWDP) is the national government agency mandated to formulate policies and coordinate the activities of all agencies, whether public or private, concerning disability issues and concerns.

Occupational Safety and Health Center
The OSHC is envisioned as the national authority for research and training on matters pertaining to safety and health at work. It provides the expertise and intervention mechanism to improve workplace conditions in the Philippines.

Bureau of Immigration
The Bureau of Immigration administers and enforces the immigration and citizenship laws as well as the admission of foreign nationals in the Philippines. This includes the enforcement of alien registration laws, the exclusion, deportation and repatriation of aliens.


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