Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has expressed optimism that the outcome of the 15th Annual Mediator-Arbiters’ National Consultation taking place this week will lead to a more vigorous labor relations environment as it tackles two important updates in the Labor Code, including the inter-agency guidelines on the implementation of the labor and management component of the K to12.


Twenty-five mediator-arbiters from different regions, including 10 regional directors, assistant regional directors, and regional conciliation and mediation branch directors from Mindanao, as well as labor groups from the island, will gather from 14-18 September 2015 in Surigao City for the 15th Annual National Mediator-Arbiters’ National Consultation and the Mindanao-wide Labor Dialogue.


Baldoz said the consultation dialogue is expected to bring forth uniform implementation of the Department Orders providing amendments to Book VI, Rule I-A of the ‘Application of Just and Authorized Causes of Termination’; Book V (Labor Relations), and the DOLE-DepEd-TESDA-CHED Joint Guidelines on the Implementation of the Labor and Management Component of Republic Act No. 10533 (Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013) or the K-12.


The guidelines on the labor and management component of K-12 was jointly signed by Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz of the Department of Labor and Employment, Secretary Armin A. Luistro of the Department of Education, Secretary Emmanuel Joel J. Villanueva of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; and Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education. It aims to ensure the sustainability of private and public educational institutions; protect the rights, interests, and welfare of teaching and non-teaching personnel; and optimize employment retention or to prevent possible displacement of faculty and non-academic personnel in private and public higher education institutions (HEIs) during the transition from the existing 10 years basic education cycle to the enhanced basic education program or the K to 12.


The constitution/operationalization of the Regional Tripartite Monitoring Body (RTMB) and Regional Inter-Agency Coordinating and Monitoring Committee (RICMC) is also set for discussion.


The national consultation will be spearheaded by Undersecretary Rebecca C. Chato, assisted by National Conciliation and Mediation Board OIC-Deputy Executive Director Jay Jasper B. Javines, and Bureau of Labor Relations Director Benjo Santos M. Benavidez.


One of the highlights of the national consultation is the Mindanao-wide Labor Dialogue with KMU, ALU, PIILU, AWATU, SENTRO, FFW, and other labor groups operating in Mindanao Region.


The draft implementing rules and regulations on Single Entry Approach (SEnA) law will be also discussed on the third day.  Now widely utilized in improving industrial peace, the Single Entry Approach is an administrative approach to provide a speedy, impartial, inexpensive and accessible settlement procedure for all issues/complaints arising from employer-employee relations to prevent them from ripening into full blown disputes. Under this approach, all labor and employment disputes shall undergo a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation process to effect settlement among the contending parties.


A representative of the Civil Service Commission will also discuss on the fourth day of the national consultation Civil Service Rules in Administrative Cases, with emphasis on the functions of Mediator-Arbiters as Special Prosecutors and Hearing Officers in Administrative Cases; and Legal Ethics for Lawyers in Government Service.



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