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DOLE Usec resigns from his post


By Leslie Ann Aquino

Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Dominador Say has resigned from his post.

Dominador Say (photo from

Dominador Say (photo from

Department of Labor and Employment Undersecretary Dominador Say has resigned from his post.

In an interview, the DOLE official said he decided to quit his post to spare Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III from “intrigues” that the latter is pro-management.

Say’s resignation comes amid the continued push by the workers sector for the signing of the Executive Order (EO) on contractualization.

“To spare him from the unwanted attention and unwarranted imputations of partiality. So, I said I have to step out to give you (Bello) an elbow room to put somebody who can better do the job,” said Say recalling the resignation letter he submitted to the labor chief in March.

“Its unfair because the Secretary is being criticized because of policies of the department, and who is responsible for policies? Im the USec for Policy and Employment…so being the public face of the department, the Secretary is the one being criticized,” he added.

Say admitted having a difficulty adjusting from a legal perspective to a layman perspective.

“It is hard for me to take away my personality as a lawyer, which is being stiff in the approach of the law. So when I design policies, I always stick in legalities,” he said.

But Say stressed that he is not pro-management

“I am not pro-management because I came from a labor union. ALU-TUCP even recognizes me as a former member,” he said.

According to Say, Malacanang received his resignation letter Tuesday, April 17.

“For the reasons that I have relayed to Secretary Silvestre Bello III in a letter addressed to him this same day. I am hereby tendering my courtesy resignation effective upon your approval of the same,” read his March 9 letter to President Duterte.

“I have had a long career in the private sector and I have never attempted to work in government, but my strong belief and faith in your vision for the Filipino people prodded me to stand in line and offer my services. You gave me that fortunate opportunity when you appointed me your Undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment,” it further read.

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