The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday said it will create a task force in response to the call of President Duterte to end graft and corruption in the national government. 

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Labor Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez

In a virtual presser, Labor Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez shared the directive of DOLE chief Silvestre Bello III to create the task force that would accept and collate the complaints lodged against the officials and employees of the agency. 

“Ang layon po ng task force na ito ay para tumaggap ng o magcollate po ng mga impormasyon o mga datos patungkol po sa mga reklamong ihahain ng ating mga kababayan laban sa mga opisyal at empleyado ng DOLE at iba pang organisasyon na sa tingin natin ay kasabwat ng iilang tauhan ng kagawaran,” Benavidez said. 

(The goal of the task force is to collate information and data of complaints lodged against government officials or employees and also other organizations that are involved in irregularities at the agency.)

“Ito po ay tulong na rin ng kagawaran sa Department of Justice na naatasan ng ating Pangulo na pamunuan ang task force na iyon,” he added. 

(This is the help of the agency to the Department of Justice which was tasked by the President to lead the national task force.)

According to Benavidez, it will be headed by two undersecretaries and representatives from the biggest attached agencies of the Department, which are the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA),  Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), and the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC).

The labor undersecretary also reiterated that the Filipinos could also complain about the “system”, not only against labor officials.

“Isa din sa dahilan kung bakit may graft and corruption ay dahil sa sistema. Iyan po ang red tape,” he said. 

(One of the reasons why there is graft and corruption is because of the system. That is red tape.)

He said Bello also directed all his undersecretaries to review the processing of requirements to further streamline and address the delays in the services of the department. 

This week, the President has ordered the DOJ to probe corruption in the “entire government.”

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