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In view of the implementation of DOLE e-Rulemaking web portal, the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) hosted an orientation session on “E-Consultation: The e-Rulemaking Web Portal as an Illustration” on 30 April 2014 at the Migration Information Resource Center (MIRC), Intramuros, Manila.

Facilitated by Mr. Malvin Dinlasan, ADB Consultant on e-Regulations project, the session sought to orient the participants on the project design, and on the use of Content Management System (CMS) platform for content migration. The primary objective of the session is to maximize user adoption of the eRulemaking portal and system.

The e-Rulemaking Web Portal is a one-stop source of information on labor and employment regulations and related documents issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). With the approval of Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, and initiated under the DOLE-Asian Development Bank (ADB) project on regulatory impact assessment, the portal is an online consultation facility that allows one to track the formulation of regulations of interest.

“With the advent of new technology, the DOLE, through the ILS, seeks to introduce e-consultation, not to replace the traditional way of doing consultation process, but to complement it. The concept of e-consultation is relatively new and concerns the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to enable participation in public consultation. DOLE intends to post all the regulations it will issue in this web portal and allow the stakeholders and the general public to post their comments on regulatory issues that are of interest to them”, said ILS Executive Director Cynthia Cruz.

The portal is part of the DOLE’s efforts to increase participation of the public in the shaping of rules and regulations that affect them. Moreover, this initiative is in line with the DOLE’s participatory governance and transparency thrusts and adherence to broad based consultation as a good practice.

“This is an alternative facility that has value added in terms of time, cost, participation rates, engagement level, and dissemination processes associated with completing a success consultation process. The portal is perceived to greatly improve information sets and support the transparency initiative in the process”, said Cruz as she explained the rationale for putting up this web portal and system.

The orientation on e-Consultation was attended by DOLE agencies’ technical staff and IT personnel with background on website content management.

(For more information on this press release please contact Ms. Brenalyn A. Peji, Officer-in-Charge, Advocacy & Publications Division, Institute for Labor Studies, 527-3490.)