Department of Labor and Employment

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Department of Labor and Employment
Logo of the Department of Labor and Employment
Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz
Undersecretaries Danilo P. Cruz (Undersecretary)
Hans Leo J. Cacdac (Undersecretary for Labor Relations)
Lourdes M. Trasmonte (Undersecretary)
Rebecca Chato (Acting Undersecretary)
Address DOLE Building - Muralla St. cor. Gen. Luna St., Intramuros 1002 Manila
Contact Numbers (632) 527 8000
Website Department of Labor and Employment

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is the primary government agency mandated to promote gainful employment opportunities, develop human resources, protect workers and promote their welfare, and maintain industrial peace.

Originally, DOLE started as a small bureau in 1908. It became a department on December 8, 1933 with the passage of Act 4121.

DOLE stands as the national government agency mandated to formulate policies, implement programs and services, and serve as the policy-coordinating arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment. The organization and functions of DOLE are in accordance with the provisions of Executive Order No. 126, as amended, the Labor Code of the Philippines, and other relevant and pertinent legislations.

DOLE has exclusive authority in the administration and enforcement of labor and employment laws and such other laws as specifically assigned to it or to the Secretary of Labor and Employment.

In 2009, the Department of Labor and Employment celebrated its 75th anniversary with the 7-leg DOLE Diamond Lecture Series and JOBSolutely DOLE job fair. They followed the theme 'Balik-Tanaw, Bagong Pananaw.'


Functions and Responsibilities / Key Projects and Activities

Vision, Mandate and Strategies

Consistent with the national development plan, its vision is the attainment of full, decent and productive employment for every Filipino worker. It is mandated to promote gainful employment opportunities, develop human resources, protect workers and promote their welfare and maintain industrial peace. To contribute to the attainment of the national employment goals, it adopts the following strategies:

Support for Employment Generation

While DOLE recognizes that the private sector is the primary engine of economic growth and that other government agencies that promote development through investments and infrastructure are the more significant employment generators, DOLE still contributes in this area by providing bridging or transition opportunities, especially to the vulnerable sectors, to help them graduate into more productive, remunerative, secured or more formal employment or livelihood.

Major Programs:

  1. Research and Policy Advocacy for Employment Generation
  2. Capacity Building for Specific Sectors
  3. Promotion of Rural and Emergency Employment

The agencies that contribute to this strategy are the:

  • Institute for Labor Studies (ILS),
  • Bureau of Local Employment (BLE),
  • Bureau of Rural Workers (BRW), and
  • Workers Amelioration and Welfare Divisions (WAWD) of our regional offices

Key Projects/Activities:

  • Employment Policy Review, Development and Advocacy (ILS, Bureau)
  • Employment Planning (BLE, ROs)
  • Kasanayan at Hanapbuhay (KasH) (BLE, TESDA, ROs)
  • Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES) (BLE, ROs)
  • Work Appreciation Program (BLE, ROs)
  • Tulong Alalay sa Taong May Kapansanan (BLE, ROs)
  • Emergency Employment for OSY/OWY in Metro Manila (BLE, NCR)
  • Poverty-Free Zones (Aksyon ng Sambayanan Laban sa Kahirapan) (BRW, ROs)
  • Promotion of Rural Employment Through Self-Employment and Entrepreneurship Development (PRESEED) (BRW, ROs)
  • Self-Reliant Organizations for CARP (BRW, ROs)
  • Prevention of Job Loss and Assistance to Displaced Workers (ROs)
  • QRT

Employment Facilitation

Under this strategy, DOLE provides employment facilitation and regulation services for local and overseas employment. They also harness modern technology to make more efficient the matching of job vacancies to skills.

Major Programs:

  1. Local Employment Facilitation Program
  2. Overseas Employment Facilitation Program

The operating agencies of this strategy are the:

  • Bureau of Local Employment (BLE),
  • Employment Promotion Divisions (EPD) of the DOLE’s Regional Offices, and
  • Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA)

Key Projects/Activities:

  • Public Employment Service Office (PESO) (BLE, ROs, LGUs, SUCs)
  • Labor Market Information System (LMIS)-Phil-JOBNET (BLE, ROs, PESOs)
  • Overseas Employment (POEA)

Employment Preservation

DOLE supports the promotion of industrial peace through education, expeditious and fair resolution of labor disputes, enhancement of labor-management cooperation and promotion of tripartism in policy and decision making in order to preserve jobs and enhance the quality of employment in the country.

Major Programs:

  1. Dispute Prevention and Settlement Program
  2. Workers Organization, Tripartism and Empowerment Program

The operating agencies for this strategy are the:

  • Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR),
  • Tripartite Industrial Peace Council Secretariat,
  • Labor Relations Divisions (LRD) and the Med-Arbitration Units of the Regional Offices,
  • Legal Service (LS),
  • National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), and
  • National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) and their regional units.

Key Projects/Activities:

  • Administrative Intervention for Dispute Avoidance (OSEC)
  • Labor Dispute Settlement and Prevention
  • Conciliation and Mediation (NCMB)
  • Voluntary Arbitration (NCMB)
  • Compulsory Arbitration (NLRC)
  • Promotion of Labor and Management Cooperation and Grievance Machinery (NCMB)
  • Labor Education (BLR, ROs)
  • Tripartite Industrial Peace Council
  • Promotion of Unionism and Collective Bargaining (BLR, ROs)
  • Workers Organization and Development Program (WODP) (BLR, ROs)


Office of the Secretary

Key Officials:

  • Secretary

Rosalinda Baldoz

Office of the Undersecretaries

  • Undersecretary

Danilo P. Cruz

  • Undersecretary

Lourdes M. Trasmonte

  • Undersecretary for Labor Relations

Hans Leo J. Cacdac

  • Acting Undersecretary

Rebecca Chato

Office of the Assistant Secretaries

  • Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs

Rebecca J. Calzado

  • Assistant Secretary for Labor Relations Cluster

Ma. Joji V. Aragon

  • Assistant Secretary Labor Standards & Social Protection Cluster

Ma. Teresa M. Soriano

Attached Agencies

  1. Formulate policies, standards and procedures on productive manpower resources, development, utilization and allocation;
  2. Establish and administer a machinery for the effective allocation of manpower resources for maximum employment and placement;
  3. Develop and maintain a responsive vocational guidance and testing system in aid of proper human resources allocation;
  4. Regulate and supervise a private sector participation in the recruitment and placement of workers locally under such rules and regulations as may be issued by the Secretary;
  5. Establish and maintain a registration or work permit system to regulate employment of aliens;
  6. Develop and maintain a labor market information system in aid of proper manpower and development planning;
  7. Formulate employment programs designed to benefit disadvantaged groups and communities; and
  8. Perform other functions as may be provided by law.
  • Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics (BLES) - is responsible for providing quality statistical information and services on labor and employment to support labor administration, governance and international cooperation.
  • Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) - is a registry of unions and collective bargaining agreements. It formulates regulatory and developmental policies, standards, guidelines and programs on the promotion of the right to organize, including collective bargaining and improvement of the incomes of workers and their organizations. It is the lead agency in worker and employer education and adjudicates inter- and intra-union disputes, and promotes bipartism and tripartism.
  • Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) - performs primarily policy and program development and advisory functions for the Department in the administration and enforcement of laws relating to working conditions.




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