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DOLE empowers ITCs as partner-labor educators
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 (Source: ZCFO)
With the increasing need to educate workers and management throughout the city on labor-related concerns, DOLE through its Zamboanga City Field Office (ZCFO) conducted a Capacity-Building session for stakeholders from five (5) industries on November 20, 2015 at Lantaka Hotel by the Sea.

A total of sixty (60) key partners from the fishing and canning, education, security service, maritime and construction industries were capacitated on Labor Relations, Human Relations and Productivity (LHP) to become partners in the conduct of the same, thereby converting them from mere learners to teachers and mentors.

As leaders of their respective Industry Tripartite Councils (ITCs), DOLE Regional Director, Sisinio B. Cano in his welcome message reminded the partners of their pledge of developmental paradigm in helping promote the programs and services of the government. He further stressed that to become credible advocates, they themselves must be compliant to all the standards set forth by the authorities, with little or no room for doubt from other members.

DOLE’s veteran lecturers in the persons of DOLE-ZCFO head, Engr. Wesley D. Tan and Supervising LEO, Makaraya U. Adil, and Admin Officer V, Ms. Rose Amsid of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB)-9 each took turn in sharing their knowledge on LHP. The session emphasized on the employment equation that when good labor relations is coupled with harmonious human relations, productivity will improve.

A session on DOLE Department Orders 147 and 40-I series of 2015 on Amendments to the Authorized and Just Causes and Voluntary Recognition on Sole and Exclusive Bargaining Agent presented by Atty. Verna Kate B. Santos, Med-Arbiter added value to the learning session.

In the afternoon, a workshop was carried out to enhance the existing Voluntary Codes of Good Practices (VCGP) of the Fishing and Canning, Education, Academe, Maritime and Construction ITCs. The Security ITC which was organized early this year, on the other hand, just started with the drafting of its VCGP.

VCGPs seek to establish voluntary minimum standards on the social and employment aspects of the industry with a view of allowing industry social partners to self-regulate their engagement and cultivate a culture of social responsibility, provided that these are not below the minimum Labor Standards. VCGPs are assessed according to their content, implementation and impact.

A standard VCGP contains the following components: Localized Industry Situationer; Commitments and Principles of member-signatories; agreements made on the areas of employment rights at work, social protection, social dialogue, productivity, Anti-Graft and Corruption, and other provisions willingly entered into by labor and management. Roles of stakeholders are also spelled out and an Action Plan describes the activities to be undertaken in the achievement of the VCGPs’ goals.

The day was concluded with agreements to conduct continuing sessions separately by ITC for presentation and critiquing of the enhanced VCGPs by all members.

(Reported by Annavic S. Cordova)

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