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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is the national government agency mandated to formulate and implement policies and programs, and serve as the policy-advisory arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment. Part of the mandate of the Regional Operations and General Administrations cluster is to supervise all DOLE Regional Offices (ROs) and to coordinate with all clusters in the regional implementation of the Department’s programs and services.

This research intends to propose a convergence of DOLE programs that will particularly cater to the needs of the unemployed or the displaced workers. This research assesses the readiness of the Department of Labor and Employment to administer and implement an integrated unemployment benefit program by way of analyzing the following component areas: (1) review of policy linkages and gaps between and among national laws, regulations and other policy instruments; (2) review of existing programs for the unemployed or displaced workers; (3) review of institutional requirements; and (4) recommendations for actions on the creation of a system of unemployment benefit program in DOLE.

This research intends to provide pathways to integrate the aims and elements of the Philippine Qualifications Framework (PQF) into the programs of the Bureau of Local Employment (BLE). It seeks to bolster the bureau’s active role in the implementation of the PQF by ensuring that its programs are implemented in consonance with the PQF objectives. Specifically, this paper seeks to: (1) ascertain the level of familiarity with PQF of major stakeholders in the supervision and implementation of selected BLE programs; (2) review the following programs that are associated with the aims of the PQF: (a) JobStart Philippines Program; (b) Career Guidance Advocacy Program (CGAP); and the (c) National Skills Registration Program (NSRP); (3) identify gaps in the implementation of selected programs; and (4) recommend options and pathways for PQF aims and elements to be integrated into said programs. The results show: (1) a generally low level of familiarity with respect to PQF among supervisors and implementers of the BLE programs; (2) a wide array of issues and concerns that hamper the implementation of aforementioned programs; and (3) a gap in the integration of PQF aims and elements into the selected programs.