ZAMBOANGA CITY, Sep. 23 – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) 9 through its DOLE Isabela City Field Office (ICFO) in collaboration with the Isabela City Federation of Family Welfare Committees conducted its 3rd Quarterly Meeting cum Learning Session held at Basilan Electric Cooperative Board Room, Binuangan, Isabela City, Basilan last August 27, 2021.

Regional Director Atty. Roy L. Buenafe shared that the Family Welfare Program (FWP) is an advocacy program that draws corporate support in promoting workers’ quality of life by adopting a family-centered approach in the workplace.

The objective of the meeting was to promote the welfare of the workers and their families as a key to workplace productivity and to improve worker-management relations by adopting a family centered approach through the FWP 10-dimensions.

The 10 dimensions of the FWP include; reproductive health and responsible parenthood, education/gender equality, spirituality or value formation, income generation/livelihood/cooperative, medical health care, nutrition, environment protection, hygiene and sanitation, sports and leisure, housing and transportation.

Federation President, Dusib H. Durapan, presided over the meeting.

Durapan expressed his gratitude to DOLE for the livelihood grant provided to BASELCO and further presented the current situation of electricity supply in the province of Basilan.

The committee also discussed the establishments’ accomplishments related to FWP, improvements in the fields of medical health care, welfare of workers and families and environment protection, hygiene, and sanitation. This includes provision of allowances as well as loans with minimal interest for employees, financial assistance to sick employees and bereaved families, ensured vaccination of staff, followed standard health protocols, provided face masks and alcohol for employees, and attended family planning seminars.

City Population Commission Head, Jesielyn O. Puno conducted a comprehensive learning session on reproductive health and responsible parenthood, and nutrition.

Present during the meeting were Federation Vice-President Laura W. Alano with other federation officers, DOLE ICFO Head Ms. Maria Elena T. Alabata, Senior Labor and Employment Officer (LEO) Ms. Marlyn M. Anoos and representatives from various private establishments. ###