The Department of Labor and Employment is mandated as the primary policy-making, programming, coordinating and administrative entity of the Executive Branch of the government in the field of labor and employment.

It assumes the primary responsibilities of promoting gainful employment opportunities and optimizing the development and utilization of the country's manpower resources; advancing workers' welfare by providing for just and humane working conditions and terms of employment; and maintaining industrial peace by promoting harmonious, equitable, and stable employment relations that assure equal protection for the rights of all concerned parties.

Department of Labor and Employment Building, Muralla Wing cor. General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila, 1002, Philippines