POLO officers now more gender-sensitive: Baldoz
MANILA – Labor attaches and welfare officers are now more ready to handle gender-sensitive cases after undergoing intensive training on the matter.
"Gender-sensitivity training is now an important part of the requirement for DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) officials and employees who will be posted abroad, and we have intensified the training to enable them to properly address gender needs and issues in Philippine Overseas Labor Offices (POLOs)," said DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz.
According to the DOLE's Human Resource and Development Service, 18 labor attaches and two welfare officers underwent the intensive training workshop last week. The participants, most of whom are to be assigned in the Middle East, were at the final stages of preparation for their deployment.
"The gender-sensitivity training workshop has always been part of the pre-departure orientation seminar (PDOS) that labor attachés or welfare officers attend before deployment and now it has been intensified," said Baldoz.
Baldoz explained that the two-day gender-sensitivity training serves as guide for labor attaches and welfare officers in differentiating social and cultural expressions and meanings to gender and sexuality.
"It also helped them identify gender needs and issues that they are going to encounter once they are in their respective POLO assignments," she added.
The intensive training workshop is part of the action plan that the DOLE Secretary had ordered to assure that POLO officers and staff are sensitive to the needs and concerns of OFWs no matter where they are in the world.