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DOLE 9 RCC Unveils its LMC Convergence Programs with Stakeholders in the Fishing and Canning Industry
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 (Source: RO 9)
The Department of Labor and Employment Region 9 Regional Coordinating Council (DOLE 9 RCC) also called DOLE Family of Agencies, have launched the Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) Convergence Programs in a meeting with the managers and employer-representatives of the Fishing and Canning Industry on February 24, 2015 which was held at the LM Metro Hotel, Zamboanga City.

“This activity is in line with the Department’s mandate to facilitate compliance with labor standards and to establish a mechanism in sustaining sound employer-employee relations towards maintaining industrial peace,” said DOLE 9 Regional Director and RCC Chair Sisinio B. Cano in his message as he welcomed the participants. He also said that apart from those programs covered under Administrative Order No. 47, series of 2014 otherwise known as Guidelines on the Implementation of LMC Convergence of Programs, “we have also included TESDA’s Industry-Based Training, and Assessment and Certification. This is part of the RCC’s advocacy on professionalizing workers in the different industries. These specific programs of the TESDA will help our workers in response to the ASEAN integration.” He added that, the LMC is a vehicle to have harmonious, productive and safe working environment. Hence, he encouraged partners from the different establishments to work closely with the LMC team in order to establish and enhance whatever mechanism they are implementing. Finally, he said, the convergence team is tasked to strengthen industrial peace and maintain favorable environment for economic activity in the region.

Aside from the presentation of the salient provisions of AO 47-14, the convergence programs enrolled under the said LMC were also presented and discussed such as: Family Welfare Program of the DOLE; Labor Management Cooperation and Grievance Machinery of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB); Employees Compensation and Kagabay Programs of the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC); Productivity Programs and Two-Tiered Wage System of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB); Industry- Based Training and Assessment, and Certification of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and Occupational Safety and Health Program of the DOLE Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC).

The presenters of these programs were: Ms. Leonora B. Almazan (FWP); Ms. Grace Joy Bautista (LMC); Ms. Cerna J. Ahmad (ECC); Ms. Nur-Aini Jailani (Productivity & TTWS); Dir. Lorenzo G. Macapili (Industry-Based Training and Assessment, and Certification); and Engr. Eduardo Rivero (OSH). Ms. Miraflor J. Casanes handled the discussion on AO 47-14.

Director Macapili encouraged the industry players to avail of TESDA’s training programs and allow their workers to be certified to upgrade their competencies and become more competitive. He added, that the company should conduct inventory of skills and find time to discuss with TESDA their training needs and certification to professionalize their workforce.

In response, the participants expressed their appreciation of the LMC Programs and committed to work with the DOLE RCC for its implementation in their respective companies.

NCMB in turn, as lead agency of this convergence program will be visiting the companies to look into this need and to provide to the companies the needed assistance in establishing their respective LMCs. In the same manner, it shall coordinate with other LMC team members for the eventual creation and/or enhancement of other sub-committees as prescribed in the guidelines. This will be done within the month of March.

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