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The District Tripartite Council (DTC) regular meeting for the first quarter of the year was held on April 29 via Zoom. It was headed by DOLE IV-A’s Regional Director and DTC’s Chairperson Exequiel Ronie Guzman. Leading the secretariat was DOLE Batangas Provincial Director Predelma Tan, together with Mr. Darius Allan Lubis and Mr. Edwin Estolano of the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) team. 

The main agenda of the meeting was the appeal of the field worker sector to conduct another profiling project. This is to determine the legitimate sugarcane workers in the first district of Batangas and to create a comprehensive database for a more effective implementation of SAP. On 2019, SAP SWITS Project (SAP Sugar Workers Information and Tracking System) already had its pilot testing in four areas of Nasugbu. After the completion of the project, the council deemed it necessary to organize another or continue the same project to cover all sugarcane workers and small planters. 

These are also some of the topics discussed during the forum:

  • Initiative to standardize or to increase the wage of sugarcane workers through RTWPB IV-A;
  • SRA (Sugar Regulatory Administration) as agency partner to share their current programs and policies; and,
  • Other forms of assistance such as livelihood program and emergency employment.

It is expected that on the next DTC quarterly meeting, there will be a report on the development of the said proposals and projects from both parties.


Sugar Regulatory Administration (SRA), Central Azucarera Don Pedro, Inc (CADPI), Universal Robina Corporation – Sugar Renewables (URC-SURE), DAMBA Multipurpose Cooperative, KAMAHARI, AAROB and Batangas Labor Union (BLU) joined the first ever online DTC meeting. PESO Nasugbu assisted and provided laptops and internet connection for the field workers present.


Labor Information Officer
DOLE Batangas Provincial Office


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