DOLE’s NCMB Region IV-B, Labor Communications Office launch ‘Book Corner’ at Palawan State University

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III lauded the DOLE Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board (RCMB) Region IV-B (MIMAROPA) and Labor Communications Office (LCO), through the DOLE Library, for establishing another DOLE-NCMB Book Corner at Palawan State University in Puerto Princesa City.

"I commend the NCMB and the LCO, in partnership with Palawan Industrial Peace Advocates and Palawan State University, for working together to realize this information and reference hub, which will help in raising the level of awareness of library users and other researchers on DOLE programs, services and projects," Bello said.

The DOLE Secretary added that with the establishment of the reading corner, students, faculty and other researchers will have a wider and easy access to labor and employment information (LMI) and other references and reading materials which could broaden their knowledge and insights on various labor and employment related issues.

RCMB IV-B Officer-in-Charge, Julia P. Peleo said since 2013, the NCMB Region IV-B and the LCO, through the DOLE Library, have been establishing Book Corners in selected educational institutions in the MIMAROPA Region to serve as hub for various DOLE publications, references, and reading materials on employment, alternative dispute resolution processes, labor management cooperation schemes, livelihood, productivity, and other information pertaining to labor and employment and other labor related issues.

The project, OIC Peleo added, aims to establish strong linkages with identified educational institutions in the MIMAROPA Region as partner-beneficiaries through the Book Corner. It also aims to provide a wider and easy access to labor and employment information, reading materials on labor and employment and other labor-related issues to the constituents of MIMAROPA Region, especially to the students who are a future labor force.

The Book Corner at Palawan State University is the fifth book corner established in the MIMAROPA Region by the DOLE's NCMB Region IV-B and LCO through the DOLE Library.

Book Corners have also been established at the Divine Word College (DWC) in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro as partner-school beneficiary on 12 September 2013; at the Southwestern Institute for Business and Technology (SIBTECH), Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro on 27 February 2014; Romblon State University-San Fernando, Romblon on 27 March 2014, and at the Romblon State University-Odiongan, Romblon on 28 October 2014.

To formalize the partnership, the OIC of the Office of the University President, Dr. Lorna C. Gelito, and NCMB Region IV-B Officer-in-Charge, Ms. Julia P. Peleo, Palawan Industrial Peace Advocates President, Mr. Erwin L. Galleon, and DOLE Librarian Maria Teresa M. Cabance, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on 20 September 2016. The MOA signing was witnessed by DOLE Palawan Field Office, Ms. Ma. Socorro U. Marquez, other university officials, staff and students.

The turnover of library materials was held at the Palawan State University Conference Room and the DOLE-NCMB-PSU-PIPA Book Corner located at the University Library.

Source: Philippine Information Agency

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