Atty. Alan M. Macaraya, Regional Director of DOLE Regional Office No. 10 yesterday reported to Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that leaders of 21 Industry Tripartite Councils (ITCs) and government partners in Northern Mindanao have resolved during an ITC summit to work on a convergence program in order to build better tripartism in the region. “This ITC summit, a first in the region which saw the participation of 70 labor, management, and government representatives, including those of local Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils (TIPCs), had one common goal – achieving tripartism in the pursuit of industrial peace in Northern Mindanao,” said Macaraya in his report. Baldoz commended the regional office for holding the summit, saying it boosts the DOLE’s effort to achieve its outcome of sustained cooperation between labor and employers. “Our organizational strategy to achieve this outcome remains firm: more inclusive consultation with social partners on policy and program implementation,” she said, adding: “The DOLE encourages tripartite participation in making policy and carrying out its programs through inclusive social dialogue. It continues to reach out to all its consultation that could lead to productive tripartite cooperation.” Held at the Apple Tree Resort and Hotel in Opol, Misamis Oriental, Macaraya said workers’ and employers’ representatives during the summit joined in the integration of the different programs of DOLE’s national partner agencies. The ITCs represented in are those in the following industries: construction; hotels, resorts and restaurants; pineapple, banana, and sugar (Bukidnon); hotels and resorts (Camiguin); academe and restaurants (Lanao del Norte); coconut (Misamis Occidental); bus and hotels (Misamis Oriental East); and maritime, business process outsourcing; and manpower and hotels and restaurants (Misamis Oriental West). Macaraya said these industries have previously signed with the DOLE Voluntary Codes of Good Practices (VCGPs). There were six provincial-level TIPCs that were represented in the summit. At the summit, participants raised issues and concerns on productivity incentives, collective bargaining agreement, and general labor standards. At the end, they agreed to pursue further agreement, and general labor standards. At the end, they agreed to pursue further collective efforts to sustain the region’s economic growth and stability through quality employment by strengthening unity among stakeholders and ensuring social cohesion. “The ITCs reviewed past actions and firmed up future steps to sustain peaceful management-labor relations in the region. One of the more important achievements of the summit was that the participants identified and clarified their key roles in strengthening social partnership, as well as in elaborating what need to be done to effectively implement DOLE’s programs and services,” said Macaraya. “A big part of the summit was a discussion of the agencies’ respective program,” he added, noting the participation of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Regional Director Engr. Edgar Sales who talked about apprenticeship. Regional Director Linda O. Boniao of the Department of Trade and Industry discussed the relevance of the Northern Mindanao Priority Industry Clusters, while Arlyn Z. Bael, senior labor and employment officer, discussed the region’s child labor situation. Assistant Regional Director Crispin D. Dannug, Jr. also made a presentation of the new Labor Laws Compliance System. Atty. Gretchen O. Lamayan of the Regional Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board discussed gain-sharing under the two-tiered wage reform system. Glenford C. Labial of the DOLE presented an update on the Single Entry Approach. DOLE Director Rodrigo A. Deloso, who opened the summit, emphasized that the activity was aimed to foster unity among DOLE partners in the ITCs. “We will work as one team and together we will strive to attain excellent performance in creating better and quality jobs in the Northern Mindanao region. This summit is aimed at getting our social partners more focused in maintaining industrial peace in our region,” he said. END Glenford C. Labial, LEO III

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