Officials of the Department of Labor and Employment greeted and credited Secretary Silvestre “Bebot” Bello III for his contribution and impact among laborers.
“Secretary Bello is the best that DOLE ever had,” said Undersecretary Renato Ebarle of the DOLE Employment and General Administration Cluster, during the telecast of “Oh My Job!” recently.
Other officials also praised Bello who decided to stay as DOLE chief.
“His heart is with the workers, you can feel it in him,” said Assistant Secretary Ma. Teresita Cucuoco, Director IV of Bureau of Working Conditions.
“You are one of the best leaders I have ever worked with. Other leaders give orders, but you give us directions. Some give us targets, but you showed us the outcome,” added Undersecretary Claro Arellano of the DOLE Overseas Operations and Adjudication Cluster.
Bello has dropped out of the senatorial race. He will continue to give assistance to workers, especially the needy workers displaced by the pandemic through amelioration programs like the TUPAD or TulongPanghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers.
Also known as Mr. TUPAD, Bello is a well-loved government official because of his silent servitude but effective as a leader with programs and policies credited under his belt: the Telecommuting Law of 2018 has eased the work arrangement in private agencies during the time of the pandemic; the Occupational Safety and Health Law ensures safe and healthful working conditions and promotes strict but dynamic, inclusive, and gender-sensitive OSH policies and programs; first-time jobseekers’ law helps first time jobseekers secure pre-employment documents for free, like NBI Clearance and Police Clearance; Expanded Maternity Leave, from a 60-day paid leave was extended to 105 days with an option to extend for an additional 30 days of unpaid leave, with solo mothers are granted additional 15 days of paid maternity leave;The Social Security Act or Unemployment Insurance provide SSS members who are involuntarily separated from employment including household employees and OFWs with cash assistance; and; Department Order 178, mandating companies that female employees, especially sales personnel, security personnel, and teachers should not be required to wear high-heeled shoes in the workplace. This is to address the impact of wearing high-heels on the health of female workers whose job requires them to stand for long periods, risking the strain on the lower limbs, muscles, hip knee, and ankle joints.
“Oh My Job” is a radio-TV public service program that can be seen every Saturday, 1 to 2 pm on Super Radyo DZBB 594khz simulcast at GTV Channel 27and streamed live on Facebook @OhMyJobPhilippines.