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DOLE QUEZON JOINS SOLCOM’S AWARENESS FORUM, VOWS FULL SUPPORT TO ELCAC PROGRAMS IN QUEZON

In order to raise awareness on the exploitation being done by Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) in the industrial and business sector, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), along with various government agencies, employers’ and employees’ representatives and other stakeholders conducted a virtual awareness forum entitled “Between Truth and Lies: CPP-NPA Exploitation of Industrial and Business Sector for Resources Generation” on April 6, 2021.

During the forum, DOLE Quezon Provincial Office Head, Mr. Edwin T. Hernandez discussed the commonly exploited labor sector issues and concerns. According to Mr. Hernandez, the root of all the problems of the labor sector is the issues on general labor standards which include underpayment of wages and non-payment or non-provision of wage related benefits and leave benefits. 

Another issue is on occupational safety and health which include non-provision of safe working environment and non-provision of welfare facilities such as first aid, treatment area and potable drinking water. 

“Because of these issues, workers are being lured to join the CTGs and laborers are easy targets of recruitment into CPP-NPA,” Mr. Hernandez said. 

Mr. Hernandez also mentioned that their office partnered in with Local Government Units (LGUs) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the issuance of Construction Safety and Health Programs not only to ensure the health and safety of workers in the province but also to prevent them from joining the CTGs. 

On the issue on security of tenure, Mr. Hernandez underscored that DOLE is very relentless in explaining to both labor and management that the government does not sleep on this issue. In fact, several rules were issued to protect the security of tenure of workers. And in Quezon alone, 1,668 workers were regularized in 2019. Out of these workers, 1,634 were voluntary regularized by business establishments. Even in this time of pandemic, 53 workers were already regularized voluntarily in Quezon from January to March 2021. 

Mr. Hernandez discussed that tripartism and social dialogue are keys in maintaining industrial peace.

“In tripartism and social dialogue, the government through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) together with other national government agencies and representatives of employers, representatives of workers and trade unions negotiate and discuss issues of common interest relating to economics and social policies,” he added.

He also emphasized that the government will be able to attend to the needs of the labor sector through good governance, dialogue and partnership. 

Mr. Hernandez also vowed to continuously support the programs of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) by the provision of livelihood assistance to former rebels and marginalized groups in so-called communist infiltrated areas.

Initiated by the Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM), other topics discussed during the forum include the salient features of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, CPP-NPA Extortion, and Executive Order No. 70 series of 2018.

By:

FRANZ RAYMOND J. AQUINO
Sr. Labor and Employment Officer
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