Convergence toward sustained industrial peace eyed

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Northern Mindanao reported that leaders of Northern Mindanao’s 21 Industry Tripartite Councils (ITCs) and government partners have resolved, in a summit held recently, to work on a convergence program in order to build better tripartism in the region.

“This ITC summit -- a first in the region which saw the participation of 70 labor, management, and government representatives, including those of local Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils (TIPCs) -- had one common goal: achieving tripartism in the pursuit of industrial peace in Northern Mindanao,” Regional Director Atty. Alan M. Macaraya said in his report.

Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz commended the regional office for holding the summit, saying that it boosts Dole's efforts to achieve its outcome of sustained cooperation between labor and employers.

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“Our organizational strategy to achieve this outcome remains firm: more inclusive consultation with social partners on policy and program implementation,” Secretary Baldoz said.

“The Dole encourages tripartite participation in making policy and carrying out its programs through inclusive social dialogue. It continues to reach out to all its consultation that could lead to productive tripartite cooperation,” she added.

First ITC summit in NorMin

Held at the Apple Tree Resort and Hotel in Opol, Misamis Oriental, the ITC summit gathered workers’ and employers’ representatives across the region to integrate the programs of Dole's national partner agencies.

The ITCs in the summit represented the industries of the academe, agriculture (banana, coconut and pineapple plantation, and sugar production), business process outsourcing, construction, hotels, resorts and restaurants, manpower, maritime, and transportation (bus).

Macaraya noted that these industries have previously signed the Dole Voluntary Codes of Good Practices (VCGPs).

In addition, there are six provincial-level TIPCs that were represented in the said event.

In the summit, the participants raised issues and concerns on productivity incentives, collective bargaining agreement, and general labor standards. In the end, they agreed to advance general labor standards, as well as pursue collective efforts to sustain the region’s economic growth and stability through quality employment by strengthening stakeholder unity and ensuring social cohesion.

“The ITCs reviewed past actions and firmed up future steps to sustain peaceful management-labor relations in the region. One of the more important achievements of the summit was that the participants identified and clarified their key roles in strengthening social partnership, as well as in elaborating what need (sic) to be done to effectively implement Dole's programs and services,” said Macaraya.

Fostering unity among Dole partners

“A big part of the summit was a discussion of the agencies’ respective program,” Macaraya said, noting the participation of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) Regional Director Engr. Edgar Sales, who talked about apprenticeship.

Other speakers during the summit include Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Regional Director Linda O. Boniao, who discussed the relevance of the Northern Mindanao Priority Industry Clusters; Senior Labor and Employment Officer Arlyn Z. Bael, who tackled the region’s child labor situation; Assistant Regional Director Crispin D. Dannug Jr., who made a presentation on the new Labor Laws Compliance System; Atty. Gretchen O. Lamayan of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board, who discussed gain-sharing under the two-tiered wage reform system; and Dole's Glenford C. Labial, who presented an update on the Single Entry Approach.

Dole Director Rodrigo A. Deloso, who opened the summit, emphasized that the activity was aimed to foster unity among Dole partners in the ITCs.

“We will work as one team, and together we will strive to attain excellent performance in creating better and quality jobs in the Northern Mindanao region. This summit is aimed at getting our social partners more focused in maintaining industrial peace in our region,” he said. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on April 09, 2014.

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