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Manila – The Institute for Labor Studies, through the Advocacy and Publications Division (APD), spearheaded the reconstitution of the DOLE Inter-Agency Committee on Research and Statistical Matters (IAC-RSM), through Department Order 229, Series of 2021 signed by Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III and released last November 18, 2021.

Guided by ILS Executive Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba, Senior Labor and Employment Officer and APD’s Advocacy Unit Lead Atty. Tecelyn B. Maramag, spearheaded the drafting of the DO with the goal of reviving, updating, and consolidating the policy research commitments of all DOLE Bureaus, attached agencies and regional offices, in the interest of the service and in pursuance of 8-point Labor and Employment Agenda under Administrative Order 288-17.

The re-organized DOLE IAC-RSM is revived to streamline the delivery of the research agenda superseding its latest reorganization as the Strategic Assessment, Planning and Policy Research (SAPPR Committee).

The reconstituted IAC-RSM will be chaired by Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez, Undersecretary for Labor Relations, Social Protection and Policy Support Cluster, with Alex V. Avila, Assistant Secretary Labor Relations, Social Protection and Policy Support Cluster, as the Vice-Chair. The ILS will serve as the Secretariat for the committee.

The IAC-RSM shall be guided by its primary function of formulating and recommending a research agenda for 2022, after a review and analysis of the research commitments set for the same year under AO 288-17, together with a thorough evaluation of the policy priorities affected by the current COVID-19 situation.

One of the Committee’s key mandates also include submission of policy recommendations, via peer reviewed and published research papers, based on results of such assessments to include indicators, red flags, trends and patterns and other relevant data to the Committee Chairperson for assessment and implementation.

The first meeting of the reconstituted IAC-RSM is set to begin by the 2nd week of December.