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The Department of Labor and Employment and the Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation entered into a Memorandum of Undertaking on 26 January 2015 at the Occupational Safety and Health Center, Diliman, Quezon City.

Signed during the 58th Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) Founding Anniversary, the MOU seeks to promote the Labor and Employment Education Services (LEES).  The LEES is the Department’s new and innovated style of delivering its labor education function, departing from the traditional academic classroom-based and lecture-type toward a more pro-active, technology-based, accessible and comprehensive approach, making use of integrated modules and learning audio-visuals on DOLE programs and services.  This partnership shall reinforce the Department’s own initiatives to promote the LEES in the domain of print and social media.

In her Keynote Message, Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of the DOLE emphasized the importance of the partnership as it benefits more stakeholders.  “Knowing the reach of Manila Bulletin, more Filipinos whether jobseekers or workers, here and abroad, will have right information regarding their rights and obligations. Mas ilalapit natin ang sapat na impormasyon sa lahat, manggagawa man or namumuhunan, para sa isang mas makabuluhang pagdedesisyon sa anumang klaseng usaping may kinalaman sa paggawa at empleyo.  Hangad ko ang patuloy na pagtutulungan”.

Under the MOU, the Manila Bulletin shall provide the DOLE an avenue to promote the LEES and other DOLE programs through the posting of official logos and links at mb.com.ph, MBClassifiedJOBS.com and its other social media platforms.  The DOLE, on the other hand, shall provide the Manila Bulleting with labor market information.    The MOU shall be valid for a period of two (2) years, from 16 January 2015 to 15 January 2017, renewable as may be mutually agreed upon in writing by both parties.

The MOU signing also marked the one (1) year implementation of the LEES which was launched during the 57th BLR Founding Anniversary.  The BLR is the lead agency and program manager of the DOLE in the development and implementation of the LEES.