True to its name, the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) has dipped into various concerns of workers in the country, specifically, workers in the informal sector, women, young workers and persons with disability, to name a few.
Since the formal merging of the then Bureau of Rural Workers (BRW) and the Bureau of Women and Young Workers (BWYW) in 2010, the BWSC has developed and facilitated the implementation of significant programs and projects in coordination with regional offices of the Department of Labor and Employment and in collaboration with its various social partners and stakeholders.
What better way to showcase these programs and projects and inform the publics of developments in such endeavors than through the BWSC website.
Under its current priorities, the Bureau is bent at intensifying its management information system so as to effectively and efficiently inform and update our stakeholders on what the DOLE is doing for the workers with special concerns.
The Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns is the recognized government agency that champions the development and protection primarily of disadvantaged workers, by contributing to their decent and productive employment.
The BWSC is committed to formulate policies and develop programs and systems for workers with special concerns that will:
- Enhance employment and promote the welfare, protection and empowerment of its clientele
- Establish and sustain inter-agency partnership
- Enhance competencies of program implementers and stakeholders
- Ensure compliance to existing policies
- Sector-based policies are in place
- Viable economic activities sustained
- Alternative or indigenous social protection schemes adopted
- Capacities of program implementers and stakeholders enhanced
- E-services (database, geographic information system, monitoring and evaluation) established and maintained
- BWSC corporate identity enhanced
- Disadvantaged Workers
- Vulnerable to labor exploitation and abuse
- on account of gender
- on account of age
- not covered by labor standards
- under a typical work arrangement
- Inadequate/low income (below minimum wage/ below poverty threshold)
- No or limited access to productive resources
- Limited/no social security
- Limited participation to policy/decision making processes
- Displaced workers due to economic disruptions or natural calamities/disasters.
- Vulnerable to labor exploitation and abuse
- Workers with special concerns under specific laws
- Sugar workers – RA 6982 and RA 809
- Biofuel workers – RA 9367
- Working Children – RA 9231
- Workers and their families – Art. 134, PD 442 (Labor Code)
- Women workers
- Child laborers / working children
- Agricultural workers
- Sugar and biofuel workers
- Self-employed and own-account workers
- Home-based workers involved in subcontracting
- Small transport workers
- Other alternative modes of transport
- Small construction workers
- Persons with disabilities
- Worker-victims of calamities
- Displaced workers due to economic crisis
BWSC MANDATE AND FUNCTIONS
Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) develops policies, programs, projects and systems and provides advisory and technical assistance to the Office of the Secretary and the Regional Offices relative to the development and protection of the workers with special concerns, towards their decent and productive employment.
- As such, the BWSC performs the following basic functions for its clientele:
- Formulates, recommends and advocates policies for their protection, welfare and empowerment;
- Develops and manages programs and projects on welfare, protection and entrepreneurship and other self-employment schemes;
- Provides technical and advisory services to the Office of the Secretary, DOLE regional offices and other stakeholders;
- Facilitates clients’ access to training and education opportunities to develop and enhance their employability as wage or self-employed workers; and
- Establishes, sustains and strengthens inter-agency partnerships and collaboration with local and international organizations and institutions to mobilize resources and enhance program advocacy and implementation.
The Bureau has five (5) Divisions:
- Young Workers Development Division (YWDD)
- Women Workers Development Division (WWDD)
- Workers in the Informal Economy Development Division (WIEDD)
- Workers Social Amelioration Development Division (WSADD)
- Program Monitoring and Technical Support Services Division (PMTSSD)