Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has lauded the DOLE’s Human Resource Development Service for taking ‘very seriously’ the DOLE’s initiative to battle red tape by partnering with the University of the Philippines in the latter’s three-day Anti-Red Tape Act Caravan.
“As an agency with a strong Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) culture, I commend the HRDS for joining the first leg of the ARTA Caravan,” said Baldoz. The UP ARTA Caravan was organized by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
With this year’s theme, “Kontra Red Tape: Kabataan, Kabalikat sa Mahusay na Pamamahala”, the ARTA Caravan, which aims to motivate and strengthen the connection between the government and students and to heighten public awareness on Integrated ARTA Programs, the Citizens Charter, and government efforts to institute excellence in public service, gathered several government agencies at the Palma Hall of UP Diliman, including the DOLE, to present their frontline services to the public, particularly to the youth.
The Human Resource Development Service (HRDS), as a focal office in the Department, led the DOLE team composed of representatives from the Bureau of Labor Relations and Bureau of Local Employment in the three-day event held.
In the DOLE booth, the HRDS put up a Job Kiosk and a television showcasing the Labor and Employment Education Services (LEEs), Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), and PhilJob Net. Information materials and fliers were likewise distributed to visiting students and faculty. The DOLE team recorded 200 individuals served during the event.
Aside from the booths of national government agencies, there were other activities conducted by the organizers to further instil this year’s theme, among which where discussions/fora on Good Governance/Citizenship, creativity-based contests and games, and awarding of appreciation plaques to participants.
HRDS Director Liwayway Y. Ilo, representing the Department on behalf of Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, received the Plaque of Appreciation awarded by the CSC.
The ARTA Caravan is scheduled to have its next stop at the Leyte Normal University in Tacloban City and at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology in Cagayan de Oro.
With contribution from HRDS-Employee Relations Unit