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At least for two days in a year, union members and officers come together to participate in a training program for labor education sponsored by DOLE under the Workers Organization Development Program.

What is different this time is that the new normal has posed safety protocols in the conduct of meetings. There might be no posh hotel venue but participants were accommodated in their respective training rooms less the risk of exposure to the COVID-19. Thanks to the assistance extended by the management in making all this possible.

DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio welcomed the participants with old and new faces in the audience. Some officers of the labor sector of the Laguna Labor Management Council were in attendance. Almost 20 unions participated in the activity from independent unions to notable labor groups such as the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino, Confederation of Filipino Workers, National Federation of Labor Unions-Kilusang Mayo Uno, Philippine Metalworkers Alliance, and Philippine Trade & General Workers Organization. All in support of the Office’s advocacy to build an informed work force aware of workers’ rights and responsibilities imperative to sustaining harmonious labor relations and industrial peace.

There was a brief discussion on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining by Laguna Senior Labor and Employment Officer Rudyboy R. Sinay to remind participants about the basis of their rights to unionism.

Learning sessions were facilitated in partnership with DOLE attached agencies to share their expertise. Director Edgar G. Aquino of the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board IV-A discussed Conciliation and Mediation while Atty. Rio Ariel A. Soriano of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board tackled Wages and Productivity.

The other speakers were Ms. Lorena M. Gacosta, Senior Labor and Employment Officer of DOLE Laguna, and Ms. Ruby Ann Fajardo, Information Officer of the Employees’ Compensation Commission who lectured on Family Welfare Program and Post-COVID Assistance, respectively.

It was the Special Training on Occupational Safety and Health for Safety Officer Level 1 that was the highlight of the activity. DOLE Laguna’s Labor Inspectors, Mr. Ryan O. Flores and Mr. Raphael Louis E. Fernandez served as the trainers with their technical competency on the subject matter. The training lasted for one and a half day with six modules on occupational safety.

At the end of the training, the workers are expected to be capable of functioning as safety officers. They should be able to assess whether or not the work environment and the work conditions are safe and healthy to protect the welfare of their coworkers. This way, they can also make recommendations to promote a safer and healthier workplace given the lingering threat brought about by the pandemic.

With their influence on the negotiation table every five years, workers can make use of the knowledge obtained in the training to negotiate better terms and conditions in the Collective Bargaining Agreement for the benefit of the union.

Rest assured that union officers and members can look forward to attending another training next year under WODP for another feather in the cap.


Rudyboy R. Sinay

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