MALATE, Manila—Representatives from the government intelligence team increased the level of security awareness of DOLE-NCR employees, advising staff to be ‘mapag-masid’ (observant) both at workplace and at home.

This was emphasized when DOLE-NCR invited the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) to conduct Orientation on Awareness Pertaining to Self-Protection and Organizational Security in February 2020, few months after the killing of a senior labor officer in November 2019.

“Be sensitive to areas of threats arising from your personal as well as official circumstances. Remember that an attack will only succeed if you are caught unaware,” stressed NICA representatives while providing details on general safety and security measures. They also discussed appropriate actions when at home, during travel hours, sharing information or documents online, or when receiving phone calls and messages.

The agency also shed light on the Executive Order No. 70, which institutionalizes a “whole-of-nation approach” to end local communist armed conflict and attain inclusive and sustainable peace in the country. Said EO, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on December 4, 2018, seeks to address the root causes of insurgencies, internal disturbances and tensions, and other armed conflicts and threats by prioritizing and harmonizing the delivery of basic services and social development packages by the government to facilitate societal inclusivity, and ensure active participation of all sectors of the society.

DOLE-NCR Regional Director Sarah Buena S. Mirasol were grateful for the support of NICA to ensure safety and protection of DOLE-NCR employees.

“NICA shared a very valuable information not only for our labor inspectors but all our staff and their families. We may be public servants but we also need to prioritize our safety when we carry out our duties,” she said.

NICA also held the same orientation for employees at DOLE-NCR’s six field offices.

END / Hershey Aquino