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The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) hosted the Department of Labor and Employment’s Flag raising ceremony held at the Local Governance Learning Center (LGLC) last December 21, 2015.

The ceremony was attended by key officials from the department headed by Assistant Secretary (Asec) Ma. Gloria Tango, OIC Director Liwayway Y. Ilo of the Human Resources Department and Services (HRDS), OIC-Executive Director Mary Grace L. Riguer, and OIC- Deputy Executive Director Atty. Stephanie Tabladillo of the ILS.

Shown during the event was a video production courtesy of the Internal Affairs cluster titled, “Enabling Transformations.”

The said video is a lookback on the highlights of all the Department’s achievements spanning five years from 2010-2015.

The Internal Affairs Cluster showcased the major achievements of the different bureaus and agencies under its cluster, all of which focused on the thrust of achieving and pursuing good governance by empowering Filipinos to attain full and decent employment through gainful employment opportunities.

Some of the cluster’s notable achievements focused on HRD reforms of the DOLE-HRDS through various capacity building activities such as the use of ICT in delivering interactive modules, and by providing a scholarship for its management succession program to promote professional growth among employees.


ISO Certificate of Attestation Awarded to ILS

Asec. Tango remarked that the goal highlighted by the video good governance reform, as mandated by the President, the high point of which was the ISO Certification granted to the DOLE.

Asec. Tango relayed that during her year-end report to the media, Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz reported that DOLE is almost 100% ISO-certified with Regions 1 and 2, ILS and PRC only awaiting certification.

Most recently, the Institute successfully passed stage 2 of their ISO certification and was awarded by AJA Registrars, their third party auditor, a Certificate of Attestation.

“My deepest congratulations to all the employees of the Institute for passing stage 2 and it will just be a matter of time before the certificate will be awarded to the office. The challenge is to sustain and maintain the certification.”

“All that we do is for the benefit of our fellow workers, especially the ordinary workers that we serve, and for us to really continue promoting decent work to improve their lives and contribute to good governance in our country,” said Asec. Tango in closing.


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