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QUEZON TIPC CONVENES TO INTENSIFY ITS COVID-19 PREVENTION DRIVE

The Quezon Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (QTIPC) held a meeting on Monday, May 24, 2021 via Zoom platform. The meeting aims to improve the compliance of business establishments in Quezon in order to prevent possible business disruptions due to COVID-19.

During the meeting, DOLE Quezon Provincial Head Edwin T. Hernandez informed the participants that COVID-19 cases are rising in Quezon Province particularly in Lucena City. Due to this, the Regional Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team will hold a meeting on May 26, 2021 to discuss and monitor the COVID-19 situation in Lucena City.

“We need to cooperate with each other because if the infection will continue to rise and the quarantine level in Lucena will be elevated GCQ or a stricter quarantine measure, our movements will again be limited that could affect our business community,” he said.

Mr. Hernandez also said that based on the Workplace COVID-19 Prevention and Control Compliance Report submitted by establishments in Quezon, there are 225 positive cases reported. Of these cases, 145 are active cases and 1 succumbed to COVID-19.

Among these businesses, human health and social work activities reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases. This includes hospitals, clinics and other healthcare institutions.

Board Resolution No. 1 series of 2021 of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) of Region IV-A was also discussed. This resolution, which recognizes the impact of COVID-19 and other natural calamities affecting the CALABARZON in relation to the minimum wage issue by deferring the decision on the petition for wage increase filed by the Federation of Free Workers (FFW).

Meanwhile, Mr. Ringo Palabrica, labor sector representative, discussed some sectoral issues mainly on COVID-19 vaccination. He mentioned that some workers are classified as B-6 (other remaining workers) and considered second to the last of priorities to be vaccinated as they are not considered frontliners. The proposal is for the concerned line agencies or policy-crafters to support the effort of the employers to accelerate the procurement of vaccines for the workers in the manufacturing sector the soonest possible time.

Another proposal is to forego with the required 50% donation of vaccines procured by employers and instead be allotted for the workers’ dependents.

Said issues and proposals will be sent to the Regional TIPC which will then be raised to the National TIPC for their action.

In closing, Mr. Hernandez expressed his appreciation for the active participation of QTIPC members. “Let us continue to unite to fight this pandemic by ensuring safety in all our workplaces,” he said.

By:


FRANZ RAYMOND J. AQUINO
Senior Labor and Employment Officer
Regional Labor Information Officer

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