About Us

The Department of Labor and Employment is the primary government agency mandated to promote gainful employment opportunities, develop human resources, protect workers and promote their welfare, and maintain industrial peace.

Vision, Mandate & Strategies 

Consistent with the national development plan, its vision is the attainment of full decent and productive employment for every Filipino worker. It is mandated to promote gainful employment opportunities, develop human resources, protect workers and promote their welfare and maintain industrial peace. To contribute in the attainment of the national employment goals, it adopts the following strategies:  

To carry out its mandate, the Department has 16 regional offices, 34 overseas posts, 6 bureaus, 7 staff services, and 11 agencies attached to it for policy and program supervision and/or coordination.

DOLE History  

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) started as a small bureau in 1908. It became a department on December 8, 1933 with the passage of Act 4121. The Department of Labor and Employment stands as the national government agency mandated to formulate policies, implement programs and services, and serve as the policy-coordinating arm of the Executive Branch in the field of labor and employment.  

The organization and functions of the Department of Labor and Employment are in accordance with the provisions of Executive Order No. 126, as amended, the Labor Code of the Philippines, and other relevant and pertinent legislations.

The Department has exclusive authority in the administration and enforcement of labor and employment laws and such other laws as specifically assigned to it or to the Secretary of Labor and Employment.

Clients, Partners and Linkages 

It serves more than 38.51 million workers comprising the country’s labor force , including the 3.62 million temporary migrants working in about 215 destinations worldwide . 

The DOLE clients include trade unions, workers’ organizations and employers and/or employers’ groups (i.e., ECOP, chambers of commerce and industries, TUCP, FFW, etc). There are 123 existing Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils or TIPCs (13 regional, 44 provincial, and 66 city/municipal) and 128 existing Industry Tripartite Councils (46 regional, 48 provincial and 34 city/municipal) serving as mechanisms for social dialogue in addressing labor and employment issues. 

The DOLE also maintains linkages with non-government organizations (NGOs), government agencies, the academe, partner international organizations (e.g., ILO, IOM, IMO, UNDP, UNICEF), and with the international community, particularly the host countries where our OFWs are based.

Our Coverage

On May 29, 2015, Pres. Benigno Aquino III signed Executive Order No. 183 creating the Negros Island Region (NIR). Negros Occidental was carved from Region VII (Central Visayas) to form the new region. To further accelerate the social and economic development of the cities and municipalities comprising the province of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental and improve the delivery of public services in the aforementioned provinces.  EO No. 183





NOCFO Organizational Structure


NORFO Personnel Assignments

Key Officials

Exequiel R. Sarcauga
Regional Director

Marites Mercado
Chief LEO, Negros Oriental Field Office

Jason P. Balais
OIC-ARD, Negros Occidental Field Office

Eduardo Sobredilla
Himamaylan Satellite Office

Jayson Cartalaba
Sagay Satellite Office

Exequiel Sarcauga
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