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DOLE-NCR holds data privacy seminar for staff
MALATE, Manila—employees of the Department of Labor and Employment - National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) joined the seminar-workshop on Data Privacy Act (DPA) on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. 
In her welcome remarks, DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos highlighted the importance of making a conscious effort on observing confidential information and giving respect on any data obtained from clients and stakeholders. 
Ramos encouraged all staff to take opportunity on clarifying gray areas relative to sharing any information to the public—including those issues and concerns raised during a roundtable discussion by the agency’s focal staff on March 13, 2019. She also directed the Internal Management Services Division (IMSD) on the next steps prior to full implementation of the data privacy policy at DOLE-NCR. "We should come up with a committee at DOLE-NCR regional office; identify its members, roles and functions; and coordination process between the regional and field offices," told Ramos. She also said to identify documents that are allowed to be seen by public and the forms that the office needed to work on in compliance with the data privacy law.
Guest resource speaker, Atty. Krishna Aira Tana of the National Privacy Commission (NPC), discussed the Republic Act (RA) No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act of 2012 which, as stated, "protect the fundamental human right of privacy of communication while ensuring free flow of information to promote innovation and growth." The NPC is an independent body that administers and implements the provision of the said RA to ensure compliance of the country with international standards set for data protection.
Among other topics discussed included processing of personal information, rights of the data subject, and security of personal information.  
During the seminar, the NPC representative said that data privacy can only be achieved if there is a protection. Amidst the wealth of data that should be carefully safeguarded, Tana stressed that implementing protection measures does not require a high-end resources.
"Walang sinasabi ang batas na kailangan mayroong magagaling na cyber security team or maganda yung facilities to protect your data center. Ang sabi ng batas ay reasonable and appropriate security measures," said Tana. She added that in order to determine the latter would require an evaluation process using the Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) to know the needs of the organization. A hands-on workshop on conducting a PIA followed after the discussion. 
Tana also discussed the principles of data privacy, such as Transparency, Legitimate Purpose, and Proportionality, which should be considered in collecting, processing, storing, and sharing of personal data. "If there is anything I want you to remember for this session are these principles," said Tana. These principles are elaborated in the Implementing Rules and Regulations of said RA.    
Participants from the DOLE-NCR Field Offices
Participants from the DOLE-NCR Regional Office (Divisions / Units)
In her closing remarks, DOLE Undersecretary, Atty. Ana C. Dione (current regional director of the agency) expressed her gratitude to the NPC and to all staff who participated in the seminar. "We hope magkaroon pa ito ng follow-through internally sa atin," she said.
Another session is slated in April 2019 for other staff who have yet to attend the seminar. END / Hershey Aquino

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