The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) has created its Public Service Continuity Plan (PSCP) to assure public of their continuous delivery of essential services during an emergency or disaster.

In a statement, DOLE-NCR Regional Director Atty. Sarah Buena S. Mirasol said their PSCP was finalized and submitted on November 2, 2021, following the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council’s (NDRRMC) call to all government agencies in creating a continuity plan of operations amidst disruptions.

“We, at DOLE-NCR, guided by our mandate, vision, mission, quality, and core values, commit to deliver mission essential functions even during disruptive circumstances and to establish effective and sound decision-making with policies, communications, and actions during incidents,” said Director Mirasol, adding that they also commit to achieve prompt recovery of their services during disruptions, keeping in mind the welfare of their employees, protection of resources, and needs of stakeholders.

NDRRMC, through Memorandum No. 33-2018, defined “Mission Essential Functions” as the limited set or organizational-level government functions that must be continued throughout, or resumed rapidly after, a disruption of normal activities. In DOLE-NCR’s PSCP, the procurement of goods and services, provision of livelihood assistance / other financial assistance; and approval of construction safety and health program were the identified critical activities that cannot be deferred during an emergency.

Meanwhile, the regional office also identified the processing of payments, corrective and preventive maintenances as “Non-Mission Essential” activities, which were defined as essential supporting activities that are not major but are considered as crucial to support the performance of mission essential functions.

DOLE-NCR also specified the roles and responsibilities of their designated Continuity Core Team (CCT) and Emergency Response Team (ERT), procedures to undertake before and during the activation of their PSCP, continuity strategies, resource requirements, communication procedures, among others.

DOLE-NCR’s PSCP can be accessed through their official website at ncr.dole.gov.ph.

END / Hershey Aquino