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Manila, Philippines – Following its successful 2019 Planning Exercise last January 31-February 1 at The Bayleaf Cavite, the Institute of Labor Studies recently held its Management Review and post evaluation of its research processes last February 5 at the iLearn Conference Room in Intramuros, Manila

The session was presided by the Institute’s Executive Director Ahmma Charisma Lobrin-Satumba and Deputy Executive Director Patrick P. Patriwirawan, Jr. In attendance were all ILS employees from its various divisions namely: Finance and Administration Division (FAD) headed by Acting Chief Benita A. Cortez, Advocacy and Publications Division (APD) headed by Reinerio A. Alba, Labor and Social Relations Research Division (LSRRD) headed by Acting Chief Miraluna A. Tacadao, Employment Research Division (ERD) headed by Acting Chief Bernard Paul M. Mangulabnan, and Workers Welfare Research Division (WWRD) headed by Acting Chief Maria Isabel D. Artajo.

Aimed at improving the delivery of its services to all its stakeholders, the planning sessions yielded 12 indicative researches which are as follows: Assessment of Facility Evaluation (FE) and Time and Motion Studies (TMS) and Strengthening Multi-Employer Bargaining: Policies and Practices (Phase II) by LSRRD; Skills Profile in the Construction Study, Pay-Scale Equivalency of the PQF Levels in the Construction Industry, Employment Impact of TRABAHO Bill, Institutional Mapping of Labor and Employment in Trade by ERD; Study on Child Labor (Concept of Light Work), Migration Studies on the following: a) Tracer Study of Bagong Bayani awardees, b) Exploratory assessment of the role of local migrant resource centers (MRCs) in the effective  reintegration of OFWs, and c) Third Country Migration/Recruitment by the WWRD; ‘Future of Work’ Studies on the following: a) Study on Industry Practices, Business Landscapes, and Strategies in Coping with Current Trends in the Business Process Outsourcing Sector, and b) Emergence of Platform-Based Economy by the LSRRD.

The planning exercise also surfaced collaborative researches such as the following: Assessment of the Implementation of Batas Kasambahay by the WWRD, Gender and Advocacy (GAD) Team, and LSRRD; Assessing the effectiveness of Maternity Protection policies in the Philippines by WWRD and ERD; Study on the Program Design for the Displaced Workers by LSRRD, ERD, WWRD. The APD will continue to provide communications support for all the technical divisions, as well beef-up its labor research advocacy through various events such as its good governance platform dubbed as i-Gov Talks, and the Institute’s annual DOLE Research Conference.

The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) is the policy research and advocacy arm of the Department of Labor and Employment. For more information on this story, please contact the Advocacy and Publications Division at 527-3490.