Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz extoled the convergence of the Department of Labor and Employment and the Church Labor Conference (CLC) in advancing labor rights and workers protection, saying that the linkage is a ‘unique pastoral mission’ that gives profound significance the genuine spirit of tripartism.
The labor and employment chief, together with Bishop Broderick Pabillo and labor advocate Renato B. Magtubo, signed a memorandum of agreement with the CLC to primarily foster industrial peace and promote the principle of tripartism.
“The DOLE appreciates the Church Labor Conference’ recognition of the importance of Tripartism and Social Dialogue, particularly in ensuring harmonious labor-management relations and the protection of employers’ rights. This is a milestone for the DOLE to be in solidarity with one of the most enduring social institutions in the country, and work together for the betterment of the labor sector,” said Baldoz
The Church Labor Conference is an alliance of various labor groups and Catholic Church people that promotes labor protection, employment rights, and industrial peace. It is composed of 37 member organizations.
With the agreement, the CLC will assist the DOLE in the advocacy and implementation of the labor laws, rules and regulation on workers’ rights and welfare in the formal and informal sector, as well as in the promotion of programs and services of DOLE, its bureaus, and attached agencies.
The Church Labor Conference will be also part of the labor sector in the National Tripartite and Industrial Peace Council (NTIPC) or the Technical Executive Committee. It will also conduct quarterly dialogue on labor issues and concerns.
The DOLE Secretary underscored the importance of the tie-up, adding that as the DOLE is intensifying the promotion of tripartism and social dialogue as a strategy for attainment of employment goals, industry tripartite council is instrumental not only in the processing, formulation, and development of policies and guidelines that would address employers’ and workers’ concern but also in ensuring the implementation of labor laws and regulations as well.
“The CLC’s offered assistance in the advocacy and implementation of labor laws and regulations on workers’ rights and welfare in the formal and informal sector, as well as in the promotion of programs and services of DOLE, its bureaus and attached agencies, is well appreciated,” said Baldoz.