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Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) staff Czarina Cortez and Ronell Delerio joined “In Her Shoes 3: Solidarity Walk for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment” organized by the National Youth Commission (NYC) in celebration of the National Women's Month last March 7, 2016.

Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz confirmed the Career Service Executive Officer (CESO) IV Appointment of the Institute for Labor Studies OIC-Executive Director Ms. Mary Grace L. Riguer.

OIC-Exec. Dir.  Riguer, together with several other appointees, were sworn in by Secretary Dimapilis-Baldoz at the Office of the Secretary Conference Room.


The Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) employees not only conduct researches that help make “the grass greener” for the Philippine labor and employment sector, they also literally make the country greener by planting trees in disaster-prone areas.

In July 2014, ILS employees planted two hundred (200) Talisay seedlings in MacArthur Landing Park in Brgy. Baras, Palo, Leyte. In its March 2016 on-site visit of the tree planting project. ILS employees Benita Cortez and Marc Raphael Peñarondo found out that about ninety percent (90%) of the planted seedlings have grown normally. This was confirmed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office – Leyte (DENR PENRO-Leyte).

The results of the January 2016 Labor Force Survey (LFS) of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) indicated that decent work gains have been achieved particularly in terms of generating quality employment. Employment expanded by 2.0% (+752,000), year-on-year, accompanied by a decline in both the unemployment rate (5.8% from 6.6%) and part-time employment by 12.8% (12.506 million from 14.335 million). Further, vulnerable employment rate went down considerably to 33.4% from 39.4%. In contrast, underemployment rate notably went up to 19.7% from 17.9%, year-on-year.

The proportion of unemployed men was higher (63.2%) than unemployed women (36.8%). However, improvement in the unemployment rate for men (5.9% from 6.4%) was noted compared to the unemployment rate of women, which remained unchanged (5.3% from 5.3%).