The DOLE has adopted as its unifying program theme the promotion of Employment. Under Chapter 9 (Labor) of the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan 2004-2010, the Department adopted four major strategies:
1. EMPLOYMENT GENERATION
While the DOLE recognizes that the private sector is the primary engine of economic growth and that other government agencies that promote development through investments and infrastructure are the more significant employment generators, the DOLE still contributes in this area by providing bridging or transition opportunities, especially to the vulnerable sectors, to help them graduate into more productive, remunerative, secured or more formal employment or livelihood.
2. EMPLOYMENT FACILITATION
Under this strategy, the DOLE provides employment facilitation and regulation services for local and overseas employment. We also harness modern technology to make more efficient the matching of job vacancies and skills supply.
3. EMPLOYMENT ENHANCEMENT
Through this strategy, DOLE will provide greater access to human resource development program and protective and welfare services to safeguard workers, both in-country and overseas, particularly the most vulnerable groups, from hazardous and unhealthy working conditions.
We shall achieve our goals through the conscientious implementation of our labor inspectorate function, the furtherance of our development programs and our contract verification and worker assistance functions for OFWs.
4. EMPLOYMENT PRESERVATION
DOLE supports the promotion of industrial peace through education, expeditious and fair resolution of labor disputes, enhancement of labor-management cooperation and promotion of tripartism in policy and decision making in order to preserve jobs and enhance the quality of employment in the country.