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RTIPC IV-A holds 12th convention in Tagaytay City

“Our efforts today will determine whether our community will continue to progress, where the people get the chance to improve their economic security, fulfill their human potential, and enjoy social protection and justice.”

This is one of the messages of Department of Labor and Empoyment Region IV-A OIC-Assistant Regional Director Atty. Nepomuceno A. Leaño II as he leads the opening of the 12th Annual Convention of the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council held at Atla D’ Tagaytay Hotel on October 17, 2019.

According to Atty. Leaño, “the views and experience of all who have been working for the achivement of industrial peace in this region will strengthen our network and be an important impetus for the joint efforts of the DOLE and all sectors: government agencies, employers’ and workers’ organizations and civil society groups.”

Supported by the DOLE IV-A, this convention aims to monitor the full implementation and compliance by concerned sectors with provisions of all tripartite instruments, including international conventions, codes of conduct, and social accords as well as promoting industrial peace in the region.

It also aims to provide a dialogue to create better jobs, make workers more adaptable and make workers more inclusive as well as recognizing the need to support career mobility for our workers through commitment from the tripartite partners.

In her keynote message, DOLE OIC-Undersecretary Ma. Joji V. Aragon mentioned, “We turn to tripartism to help us create better jobs, in every sector of our economy. We want to make sure that our workforce is adaptable and able to take on all the new jobs and careers being created for them. We are creating better jobs, making workers more adaptable and making workers more inclusive.”

“There is no doubt that your tripartism efforts in CALABARZON has indeed been very effective, for both employer and employees, and the regional economy at large. You have continually collate you resources, pool your expertise and work together as one tripartite council to serve the interests of our workers to the best of your ability, not just today, but into the future,” she added.

The 12th convention was highlighted by the signing of the social accord on compliance with occupational safety and health standards which supports the International Labor Organization’s Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health Convention, 2006 (No. 187) as an instrument setting out a promotional framework, designed to provide for coherent and systematic treatment of occupational safety and health issues.

The accord serves as a testament to align the plans and efforts of the region towards full compliance with Department Order No. 198 series of 2018 or the Implenting Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11058 entitled “An Act Strenghthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Therof.”

Moreover, Mr. Nicanor Bon discussed the salient feature of the said department order. According to him, the duties of the employers are to equip a place of employment for workers free from hazardous conditions that are causing or are likely to cause death, illness, or physical harm as well as to provide complete job safety instructions to all the workers, including, but not limited to, those relating to familiarization with the work environment. On the other hand, it is the duty of the workers to participate in capacity building activities on safety and health and other OSH related topics and programs

This year’s theme, “Pagsusulong ng Tripartismo: Mamumuhunan at Manggagawang Ligtas Bunga ng Pagsunod sa Batas,” emphasized the need to develop strategies for the improvement of OSH policies based on a preventative safety and health culture, and to promote the right of Filipino workers to a safe and healthy working environment.

This year’s convention was attended by more than 600 representatives from both labor, management, trade unions, government officials and stakeholders who are partners in bringing out better labor-management cooperation towards higher labor productivity and greater enterprise competitiveness in the CALABARZON region.

Since 2008, the RTIPC IV-A has been active in the promotion of industrial peace, harmony and productivity within the CALABARZON region.

Franz Raymond J. Aquino
Regional Information Officer-Designate

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