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DOLE LAGUNA MAKES CHANGE WORK FOR WOMEN THROUGH SENA PROGRAM

Looks can be deceiving in the case of Angeline*. Dressed in preppie clothes with a little stuffed toy dangling from her mini backpack, you might mistake her for a cosplayer or just another social media buff looking for that perfect Instagram shot. Instead of knowing the words of the latest song on the radio, she knows the 11 General Orders by heart, not to mention the muscle memory to execute a snappy salute. Yes, she is a lady guard dedicated to her line of work. She stands out in her profession fully aware of her rights as a worker and an empowered woman.

Three years in her job as a lady guard, Angeline wasted no time in filing an online complaint through the Electronic Single-Entry Approach (E-SENA) when she discovered that the security agency did not remit her SSS contributions. She also alleged some incidents of illegal deduction.

Clutching the signature stuffed toy dangling from her mini backpack during their first SENA Conference. Angeline was not deterred by the domineering presence of the Operations Manager of the security agency. She laid out all of her labor issues and concerns in detail. Well-versed with her rights, she demanded that her social benefits be updated and the illegal deductions be reimbursed.

It is a rare sight that a woman is seen among men fighting for their right to self-organization. Rallying co-workers to form a union is not for the faint of heart. Heated arguments are the norm as workers and managers sometimes would end up throwing issues against each other during conferences handled by DOLE.

Melody* is another empowered woman working in a field of work dominated by men. She works at a command post operating the radio base for patrollers ensuring the security and safety of motorists. She had her fair share of responding to road accidents and occasional experience of meeting celebrities riding bikes and luxury cars.

When the time came to stand for their rights before the management due to unfair implementation of labor standards, she rose to the challenge by rallying co-employees to organize a union. Her gender did not deter her from leading union members during the pre-election conference at DOLE Laguna.

She can switch subjects of conversation from the wonders of the Himalayan salt to employees’ right to self-organization at the wink of an eye. She even volunteered to be one the watchers for the certification election where an overwhelming majority of their department voted in favor of a union. She was the lone female voice among a sea of men shouting in jubilation as the election officer from DOLE Laguna canvassed the votes.

Provincial Director Guido R. Recio, has never doubted the capability of women in the workforce. He observes that women comprise the majority of workers in the electronics industry. It is no surprise that the majority of HR managers are also women.

Without a doubt, females are no longer the weaker sex but are now a vital force even in the labor sector. This is why it is fitting to celebrate Women’s Month in March of every year to highlight the contribution, value, and importance of women in our midst.
For Angeline and Melody, their gender did not deter them from doing what is right and fighting for what is just. They are the fitting symbol of empowered women in the labor sector. It is worth celebrating this month in honor of these impressive women.

*Real names changed for confidentiality

By:

RUDYBOY R. SINAY
Senior LEO
DOLE LPO LIO

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2022-03-29
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