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“Prospects of Industrial Peace in a Federalized Environment”. Thus is the theme for the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC) 10th Annual Convention. The theme sounds like a political rally, the word “federal” or “federalism” being synonymous or associated with government or politics, unlike the typical corporate terms which has more visible economic influence – investment, productivity, the Philippine investment grade rating or even ASEAN integration. During the early stage of preparation for the Convention, some members of the RTPIC as well as the host Council, the Batangas Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (BTIPC) expressed their reservation on the theme. Yet, each of the organizers was willing to take the challenge. And to start the planning for the big event, a preview about federalism was conducted to the BTIPC Executive Committee members by Atty. Erickson H. Balmes, Undersecretary of the Department of Justice on 28 April 2017 at the WODP Training Center of the DOLE Batangas Provincial Office in Lipa City.

As early as 5:30am on 20th of October 2017, participants to the RTIPC 10th Annual Convention started to arrive at NDN Resort and Events Place in Brgy. Aya, Talisay, Batangas. Guests-participants from Batangas, nearby Laguna and Cavite and far provinces of Rizal and Quezon were welcomed by the Tanauan Mini-Band, and were ushered to the lobby for the registration and distribution of Convention kits.

The Parade of Colors participated in by Regional and Provincial TIPCs and DOLE officials signaled the start of the program at exactly 8:30am. The convention guests were welcomed by the Honorable Mayor of Talisay, Gerry D. Natanauan while Mr. Ruel Punzalan and Mr. Joel Caaway, RTIPC Vice-Chairperson for Labor and Management, respectively delivered the Opening Message. Secretary Dennis Hernandez of the Presidential Adviser for Southern Tagalog gave an inspirational message; Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas conveyed his delight for being the host Province thru Dr. Amante Moog; and Undersecretary Bernard P. Olalia of the Regional Operations and Human Capital Development Cluster, representing DOLE Secretary Silvestre Bello III serves as the Keynote Speaker of the Convention.

Federalism and Tripartite Industrial Peace

DOLE RO IVA Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita; Batangas Provincial Director Predelma M. Tan with one of the winners of bicycle; LPU Batangas Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe; Tanauan Mini Band; and Participants to the Convention.

The spacious function room was fully occupied that provision of additional seats was necessary to accommodate comfortably the 635 registered guests as they listened attentively to renowned speakers who shared different perspectives on federalism: Mr. Jonathan Malaya, Executive Director of PDP Laban Federalism Institute who gave his insights on the Convention theme; Mr. Joshua Mata, Secretary General of SENTRO, federalism from the viewpoint of labor, and management’s perceptions from Atty. Cesario A. Azucena.

On DOLE issuances, Mr. Nicanor V. Bon of the Bureau of Working Conditions discussed Department Order No. 183-17 or the Revised Rules on the Administration and Enforcement of Labor Laws Pursuant to Article 128 of the Labor Code, as Renumbered, and had a brief revisit on the provisions of Department Advisory No. 02-04 on the Implementation of Compressed Workweek Schemes.

Positive reactions of the audience was evident during the open forum which was facilitated by Ms. Madonna Dio and Mr. Tony Garcia.

The oath-taking of the new set of RTIPC and BTIPC followed by the ceremonial turn-over was also part of the Convention program of activities.

Showcase of Talents, Culture, Goods and Excellence

The Convention was also an opportunity to showcase talents of the people from Southern Tagalog. The occasion was set to mood by the Tanauan Mini Band, a group of 30 talented kids aged between 7-11 years old, the Lyceum of the Philippines (LPU) Batangas Lahing Batangan Dance Troupe led the Doxology and gave an awesome folk dance and acoustic singers entertained the guests during the sumptuous lunch.

The host Province shared one of its famous products, a miniature balisong. The balisong or butterfly knife or fan knife was first handcrafted in Barrio Balisong, Taal, Batangas. It is a product of local craftsmanship and ingenuity of the Filipino sense of “Bayanihan” depicting the spirit of unity and cooperation. It symbolizes the Batagueño’s virtue of chivalry and courage.

Other Batangas products that were shared to every participant are panutsa or the peanut brittle of Batangas and tablea or cocoa, the main ingredient in making chocolate drink.

Products and services of the different companies and DOLE-assisted organizations from the provinces of Calabarzon were also exhibited and sold during the event. In addition to the Convention kit, majority of the participants bring home with them raffle prizes, among others, 32” LED TV, bicycles and a bathroom showcase.

Regional Director Ma. Zenaida A. Angara-Campita, Chairperson of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board IV-A and Atty. Rio Ariel Soriano, RTWPB IVA Board Secretary awarded plaque and cash to the ten winners of Productivity Olympics in the Region. Productivity Olympics is a national competition which aims to give due recognition for best productivity improvement programs of micro, small and medium enterprises.

Hats off to the host BTIPC for a well-organized, jam-packed event – the attendance was beyond what is expected and the program proper was full with interesting and enlightening information, and prizes. To the participants, your active participation is highly appreciated. Thank you and see you on the 11th RTIPC Convention.


Celia G. Ariola
Senior LEO
DOLE Batangas Provincial Office

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