ZAMBOANGA CITY — To provide knowledge on the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers, work ethics, values, skills and other relevant information on DOLE issuances, programs and services, the Department of Labor and Employment IX (DOLE 9) will conduct the Employers Forum, a one- stop-shop for Human Resource practitioners every 3rd Friday of the month starting January 17, 2020.

DOLE Director Ofelia B. Domingo said that the Employers’ Forum is the region’s contribution to the department’s goal of bringing DOLE closer to its clients. This is an opportunity to extend our help to the private sector to address any issue or concern they might have in respect to inspections conducted by DOLE in their establishments

She adds that the forum is free of charge and will be conducted regularly as part of the Department’s Labor and Employment Education Service.

When asked about what the participants must expect, Dir. Domingo goes to share that the forum consists of learning sessions led by DOLE’s Training Management Team on topics such as occupational health and safety standards, contracting & subcontracting, administration and enforcement of labor laws and the penalties for non-payment of minimum wage.

Partner agencies such as the Social Security System, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG HDMF will also be present to update HR practitioners on their programs and services.

Most importantly, an open forum will be in place to cater to questions from the participants and to provide an interactive environment for parties involved.

In 2019, a total of 80 HR practitioners and employers’ representatives actively participated in the sessions.

Dir. Domingo invites all HR practitioners in Zamboanga Peninsula to join the Employer’s Forum on January 17, 2020 (Friday) at the WODP Center, DOLE 9 Office Sta. Catalina, this City.

Interested participants may pre-register for available slots by contacting Ms. Jasmin Panelo, Senior Labor & Employment Officer, at (062) 991-3376 or 955-0214 or 0995-629-4199. END / Karen Claire Q. Grafia

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