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THE INSTITUTE FOR Labor Studies (ILS), the policy research and advocacy arm of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), recently held a technical session on the eRegulations systemsand web portal last June 17, 2014 at the Migration Information Resource Center.

ILS Deputy Executive Director Mary Grace L. Riguer (R) stresses a point

The eRegulations web portal is a project funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) under its Employment Facilitation for Inclusive Growth (EFIG) technical assistance to DOLE. The web portal aims to make labor regulations and policy issuances more transparent and accessible to the public.

Present during the event were ILS Deputy Executive Director Mary Grace L. Riguer, ADB principal economist Kelly Bird, Mr. Lawrence Acierto from the Senate of the Philippines and representatives from the DOLE’s Department Legislative Liaison Office (DLLO). The e-regulations web portal is almost complete and that it only needs a few more tweaks and changes before it could be formally launched and unveiled to the public. Representatives from the DOLE-DLLO and Mr. Acierto recommended that the eRegulations web portal should include direct links to the websites of both the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines, so that the DOLE can easily monitor updates and changes in the status of labor and employment-related bills and resolutions.

Meanwhile, Deputy Executive Director Riguer told the participants that all the recommendations made during the technical session would be duly noted and given appropriate action. On the other hand, Mr. Bird expressed his appreciation to ILS-DOLE for setting up the eRegulations web portal and in ensuring that it will contain relevant information on labor regulations and regulatory issuances and orders that affect and shape labor market performance in the Philippines.

(For more information and queries about this press release, please contact Mr. Bryan M. Balco of the Advocacy and Publications Division of the Institute for Labor Studies at 527-3490/527-3447).