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Labor Market Governance

The study focuses on exploring the different aspects surrounding the employment of job orders (JOs) and contract of service (COS) workers in the government, particularly on their working conditions including their rights at work and present situation. It provides a discussion on various laws, rules and regulations that affects process of hiring and selection and supervision of the abovementioned class of workers. In order to collect relevant and timely data and information that could serve as valuable inputs for the study in drawing a clear picture of the present setting of the condition of job orders and contract of service workers, the researcher conducted a self-administered survey to JOs and COS workers employed in selected national government agencies followed by a brief focused group discussion on their answers.

As federalism continues to gain significant traction under the current administration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, this research strived to provide guidance for the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and other concerned policy/decision makers in delineating labor and employment governance within the context of a federal system of government for the Philippines—what areas belong to the federal government’s exclusive jurisdiction, what aspects fall within the sole dominion of the regional governments, and what areas require shared responsibilities between the two tiers.