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ILS Acting Deputy Executive Director Patrick Patriwirawan, Jr. served as the resource person for the Symposium on Regulatory Impact Analysis organized by the Development Academy of the Philippines and Asian Productivity Organization held at Richmonde Hotel in Ortigas Center, Pasig City on 20 November 2018.

Mr. Patriwirawan, Jr. discussed the institutionalization of Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) within the Department of Labor and Employment starting with the RIA pilot project started in 2011 under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Technical Assistance. Since then, RIA Technical Learning Sessions on Guidelines and Forms were conducted and completed among all DOLE bureaus and agencies, including consultation meetings for RIA Pilot Teams Bureau of Local Employment and Bureau of Labor Relations, along with RIA workshops on labor policy analysis and cost-benefit analysis

As an outcome of the RIA implementation within DOLE, the following DOLE priority legislative agenda have been identified: Security of Tenure, Unemployment Insurance, Magna Carta for Seafarers, Apprenticeship, and Productivity Incentive. The DOLE issuances under review include private recruitment and placement regulations, special program for employment of students, Public Employment Service Office (PESO), and overseas employment.

As ways forward for RIA implementation within the DOLE, the following were identified: 1.Conduct progress review of regulations initially subjected to RIA; 2.Reconstitute RIA Steering Committee and Technical Working Groups; 3.Capacitate technical staff, program managers, researchers on quantitative and qualitative tools in RIA; 4.Come up with list of regulations currently under review; and 5.Draft DOLE RIA Manual and review RIA forms and guidelines.

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