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Deputy Director Pronita Gupta of the US Department of Labor Women’s Bureau paid a visit to the offices of the Department of Labor and Employment last September 18, 2015 and met its leaders to discuss apprenticeship, work-life balance, and paid leave.

Director Gupta, a member of the US delegation to the 2015 APEC Women and Economy Forum, was presented with copies of two research papers from the Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) by Patrick Patriwariwan, Jr., OIC of the Labor and Social Relations Research Division. In attendance were Assistant Secretary Maria Gloria Tango and representatives from DOLE at the Office of the Secretary Conference Room.

The two ILS research papers were “The Philippines’ Deployment Strategy and Its implications for Employment” by Olivette Gabito, and “Implications of Extending Maternity Leave Period of Female Employees” by Atty. Stephanie Tabladillo.

Gabito’s paper on the country’s selective deployment strategy focuses on Household Service Workers (HSW’s) deployed to Saudi Arabia and provides policy recommendations to assist decision-makers at DOLE in crafting better responses to issues that may arise concerning selective deployment and its implications.

Atty. Tabladillo’s research analyzes the proposed regulatory measure of extending the period of maternity leave in the Philippines. The leave extension puts into perspective other concerns such as occupational safety and health, productivity and labor cost.

Deputy Director Gupta commended DOLE’s efforts in advocating women’s rights and promoting female empowerment in the workplace.

Citing the theme of the APEC Women and Economy 2015: “Women as Prime Movers of Inclusive Growth,” Deputy Director Gupta also expressed that she will relay the country’s best practices back to the US to study it and to foster a more solid labor policy relationship between the two countries.


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