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Manila – Researchers from the Institute for Labor Studies recently completed the preliminary online validation meetings for their 2020 researches held during the third and fourth week of December.

With the current challenges bought by COVID-19 preventive protocols, which limit the usual face-to-face convention type of research validation proceedings, the three technical divisions of the Institute respectively held individual online validation meetings for their researches using Zoom.

The Employment and Research Division, led by its Acting Chief Labor and Employment Officer Paulina Kim D. Pacete has validated four research papers for this year namely: “Finding Work in the New Normal: An Assessment of Local Employment Facilitation Services and Mechanisms in the Philippines;” “Public Work Programs Toward Unemployment and Poverty Reduction: A Comparative Study of Philippine Experience vis-à-vis Select Countries;” “Institutionalized Public Employment Service Offices (PESOs) and regional employment indicators in the Philippines: Evidence of linkage;” and “Study on Addressing Low Female Labor Force Participation in the Philippines: Focus on Economically Inactive Women.”

The Workers Welfare Research Division headed by its Chief Ma. Isabel D. Artajo has three researches namely: ““Exploring a BIG Idea: Prospects and Challenges of a Basic Income Guarantee in the Philippines;” “Study on Workplace Mental Health Responses for BPO Workers Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis;” and “Gap Analysis of Convention 190 vis-à-vis Philippine Policies on Violence and Harassment in the Workplace.”

Labor and Social Relations Research Division with Acting Chief LEO Miraluna S. Tacadao has two researches: “Wage Subsidy Program: An Exploratory Study in the Philippines;” and “An Assessment of Telecommuting Practices Prior and During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

These research papers are expected to be completed and presented during the DOLE Research Conference within the first quarter of 2021.