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On 10 August 2018, the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) conducted a technical learning  session on the legislative process for the members of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Technical Committee on Legislative Matters (TCLM) at the iLearn Conference Room, DOLE Bldg. in Intramuros, Manila.

The learning session aimed to capacitate TCLM members on the process and trends in legislative proposals on labor and employment in relation to the Department’s priority agenda. It also familiarized the members on the themes of the legislative proposals filed in both the Senate and the House of Representative.

Assistant Secretary Joji Aragon, the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Legislative Matters and DOLE- Department Legislative Liaison Office (DLLO), set the tone and policy direction for the discussion by emphasizing the policy areas of DOLE’s labor and employment agenda, such as: a) enhanced employability of workers and competitiveness of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs; b) strengthened social protection for vulnerable workers, c) ensured protection of workers’ rights and maintenance of industrial peace.

The activity started with the discussion of the legislative process by Mr. Pedro Tolentino of the Philippine Senate.  The trends of labor and employment legislative proposals at the House of Representatives was discussed by Atty. Christopher S. Lomibao while Mr. Arthur Lawrence L. Acierto discussed the trends at the Senate.

The afternoon workshop session was capped by group presentations of possible legislative agenda that may be recommended by the TCLM.


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