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“Security issues are high policy issues. We should be able to detect, identify and address these security issues so we can better respond, anticipate, and prevent them from happening. If we are conscious of these security issues within our DOLE mandate and in our programs, then we will be able to anticipate these security issues. We will stop threats from happening in relation to our security strategy."

Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III emphasized these core messages during his welcome remarks to the “Orientation/workshop on the National Security Strategy” held at the Occupational Safety and Health Center in Quezon City last October 17.

Organized by the DOLE Human Resource Development Service, the event gathered the National Security Focal Persons from the DOLE regional offices, attached agencies, bureaus, and services.

Attendees were oriented on the salient features of the government’s National Security Policy 2017-2022 and National Security Strategy 2018 as discussed by National Security Council Deputy Director General RAdm. Vicente Agdamag.

The participants were asked to 1) Define existing and potential security problems and challenges based on the context of the Department; 2) Assess the impact of the problems/challenges to the Department and its clientele; and 3) Identify appropriate actions (prevention, preparation, response, recovery) needed to address problems and challenges.

The output of the workshop is intended to provide the framework in crafting the DOLE Security Plans, Programs, and Strategies.

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