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Manila – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Bienvenido E. Laguesma administers the oath of office to Jeanette T. Damo, CESO III as Executive Director III of the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) at the DOLE Main Building Office of Secretary, Intramuros, Manila on 23 January 2024.

The oathtaking was witnessed by Undersecretary Benedicto Ernesto R. Bitonio, Jr., Undersecretary Carmela I. Torres, Assistant Secretary Atty. Paul Vincent W. Añover, Assistant Secretary Atty. Lennard Constantine C. Serrano and Assistant Secretary Warren M. Miclat.

Before her appointment, Executive Director Damo was the Officer-in-Charge of the Institute since 17 October 2022. She started her career at DOLE at the ILS as a Research Assistant in 1989 before being promoted to Chief Labor and Employment in 2003. She transferred to the National Wages Productivity Commission in 2008 as Director II and was promoted to Deputy Executive Director IV in 2014. In 2016, Executive Director Damo was appointed as Career Executive Service Officer (CESO) III.

Executive Director Damo vowed to continue the legacy of the Institute in implementing its mandate by consistently delivering high-quality and relevant policy researches and studies on labor and employment throughout the years. “ILS served as my training ground during the early years of my career in the government. I started as a Research Assistant at ILS in 1989, and I am happy that I am back to my home where I came from”, Executive Director Damo said.

Executive Director Jeanette T. Damo was among the awardees during the 50th founding anniversary of the Career Executive Service Board and the 2023 CES Lifelong Learning for Leadership Congress (CESCON 2023) on November 28, 2023, at the Manila Hotel, Ermita Manila. She was also part of the Philippine delegation representing the country in the 28th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 28) hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change from 30 November to 12 December 2023 in Expo City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and represented the Philippines in the “Just Transition Pavilion’s Panel Discussion on the Global Accelerator on Jobs and Social Protection” on 10 December in the same event.