The next five years will be an opportunity to improve further build on the gains achieved by the 2011-2016 Philippine Labor and Employment Plan, and the challenge to make this happen is for labor and management to work together and keep in step with the fast and wide-ranging changes in the world of work.
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz emphasized this at the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan 2016-2022 Mindanao-Wide Consultation in Cagayan de Oro City last week where she also enjoined DOLE stakeholders from the ranks of labor and management, line government agencies, and non-government organizations, to devote time and effort in shaping the document that will serve as the blueprint in sustaining the gains in labor and employment.
Secretary Baldoz addressed the participants coming from 43 organizations in Mindanao to work on the good policies and programs that have been proven over the last five years to attain decent work competitiveness, as well as identify capacity building areas for labor and management so that they will not be left out in the evolving changes.
“It is also time to reckon where the Plan has brought us. Naging bahagi kayo ng pagbuo noon. Tingnan natin kung saan tayo dinala nito ngayon. Kung naging maganda, ipagpatuloy. Kung hindi, anu-ano ang dapat na baguhin?” Secretary Baldoz said.
The 2016-2022 Labor and Employment plan will take off from its 2011-2015 precursor which worked on enhanced employability of workers and competitiveness of enterprises; sustained cooperation between labor and employers; strengthened social protection for vulnerable workers; and strong labor governance through leadership, management, innovation, legislative agenda (rights at work), and research & statistics.
Baldoz said the consultative process of drafting the Plan exemplifies DOLE’s commitment to tripartism.
“Nanatili po sa aming isip at puso, at iyan ang nakita ninyong naging polisiya sa DOLE, na kayo ang una naming kinukonsidera sa mga desisyon na may kinalaman sa larangan ng paggagawa at hanapbuhay,” she told the LEP consultation participants.
She also commended the big number of representatives from the unions and management, including the government sectors and the NGOs, who participated in the workshop sessions and presented their proposed plans in the four pillars of the 2016-2022 Philippine LEP.
Baldoz emphasized during the consultation the significant impact of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, which brought forth the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and replaces the Millennium Development Goals.
The Philippine Labor and Employment Plan 2016-2022 will also anchor on the UN’s SDGs, particularly on its employment-related goals, which is “to promote sustained inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.”
Baldoz has issued Administrative Order No. 08 series of 2016 to guide the development of Philippine Labor and Employment Plan 2016-2022.
Working groups in the Employment, Labor Relations, Labor Standards, and Social Dialogue, and Social Protection pillars were formed to validate the consolidated LEP Assessment Report 2011-2015, manage the consultations, and formulate the strategic plan for each LEP pillar with specific components on rights at work and labor governance.
The Labor Governance Working Group, on the other hand, shall review, process, and finalize the labor governance components in each of the LEP pillars.
The consultation in the Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao areas further fine-tunes the gains achieved and challenges met by the 2011-2015 and steer the next 5-year Philippine Labor and Employment Plan.
After the area consultations, the strategic planning will be conducted and the final draft of the LEP be produced for evaluation by the Technical Evaluation Committee, and endorsed by the National Tripartite Industry Peace Council.
The LEP 2016-2022 is scheduled to be presented in the Philippine Decent Work Summit during the Labor Day celebration in May 1 and it will be consequently endorsed to the President.