Organize, activate, and strengthen ITCs, Baldoz orders DOLE regional directors

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday served notice to all DOLE regional directors that she will hold them accountable for unorganized and inactive tripartite bodies in their respective regions “because these tripartite bodies are hallmarks of DOLE policy of institutionalizing an environment that promotes inclusive tripartism, social dialogue, and broad-based participation.”

“Tripartism, social dialogue, and broad-based participation in labor policy-making is a declared state policy and tripartite representation is a hallmark of all our reforms. I will hold you responsible and accountable for the activation and operation of all tripartite bodies in your regions,” Baldoz said.

She issued the reminder after the Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR), an agency of the DOLE, reported to her that only 11 out of 16 DOLE regions have organized regional tripartite industrial peace councils (RTIPCs), while one RTIPC, although organized, is inactive.

The BLR update report also said three (3) provincial TIPCs and five (5) municipal TIPCs are also inactive.

The DOLE, according to Baldoz, is strengthening the capacities of tripartite sectoral bodies in the country’s various industries.

“In reaching our primary goal of establishing more ITCs in key employment generating industries, we need to be pro-active in fostering strong tripartite mechanisms and processes for social dialogue,” Baldoz said, noting that various industry sectors continue to explore, formulate, and implement developmental programs for industry self-regulation; that strengthen tripartism; and that broaden workers’ representation towards gain-sharing, in turn setting the standards for competitiveness and employability.

While the number of Industry Tripartite Councils (ITCs) has grown exponentially to reach 227 in four years under the term of Secretary Baldoz, the BLR has reported that 21 percent, or 48, of these ITCs in as many industries are inactive.

In the National Capital Region, while there are only six ITCs, eight TIPCs are organized and active, one each in Manila; Makati; Pasay; Quezon City; Valenzuela; Pasig; Mandaluyong; and one for Muntinlupa, Taguig, and Las Pinas (MUNTALAS). The region’s three inactive TIPCs are those of Caloocan’s, Malabon’s, and Navotas’s.

The Cordillera Administrative Region has 29 ITCs in as many industries, but four (4) of these are inactive–the ITCs for cooperative financing in Benguet; and for the hotel and restaurant; for services; and for the academe, all in Mt. Province.

The Ilocos Region has an active RTIPC and three provincial TIPCs, one each for Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and La Union. It has also 19 (two of which are regional in coverage) and two inactive ITCs, one each for the hospital sectors of Ilocos Norte and La Union.

Region 2 has 30 ITCs, one of which is regional in coverage (security services), but of the 30, 14 ITCs are inactive, and only 16 are active. The region has no TIPC either regional or provincial.

In Region 3, there is a regional ITC on construction, and an ITC for the sector in each of the seven provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.
It has also an ITC with regional coverage on bus transport; a regional ITC on schools, and an ITC for the sector in each of the above provinces.

Four provinces–Aurora, Bataan, Tarlac, and Bulacan–have an ITC each for hotel and restaurant. Pampanga has an ITC on business process outsourcing and aviation; Zambales has an ITC for mining; and two ITCs for hospital, one each in Zambales and Bataan. The hotel and restaurant ITC in Zambales and the ITC for BPO in Nueva Ecija are both inactive; so is the regional ITC for hotel and restaurant.

Region 4-A has an active RTIPC and a provincial ITC for maritime (Batangas). However, it has only five active ITCs, one each for transport; electronics; education; resorts; and garments;

In Region 4-B, the BLR reported that the region’s TIPC is active, while its provincial TIPCs in Romblon and Occidental Mindoro are not. Also inactive is the ITC for cooperatives in Romblon.

However, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and Palawan have organized and active provincial TIPCs. Palawan also has two ITCs, one each for mining; construction; and tourism. Marinduque has two active ITCs, one each for cooperatives and academe. Or. Mindoro has also two active ITCs, one each for maritime and tourism.

Region 5 has four municipal and one city TIPCs–in Aroroy, Masbate; and in Bulan, Castilla, Irosin, Sorsogon City, and Juban, all in Sorsogon, but only two of these are active. It has also the most number of ITCs, with 36, but only 12 of these are active, one of which has a regional coverage (bus transport).

In Region 6, there is an active and functioning RTIPC and one TIPC each in the provinces of Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Capiz, Antique, and Aklan. The region has also 10 ITCs, one of which is for reactivation.

In Region 7, in addition to the RTIPC, there is a provincial TIPC each in Bohol and Negros Oriental and city TIPC each in the cities of Cebu, Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, and Talisay. The TIPCs, though, of Canlaon and Bayawan in Negros Oriental are inactive. The region has four district tripartite councils and seven ITCs, one each for education, business process management; hotels, resorts, restaurants, and tourism; marine; construction; bus transport; and ship building and ship repair.

The RTIPC of Region 8 is active, as well as its seven TIPCs in North Leyte, West Leyte, South Leyte, Biliran, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar. The region has also eight ITCs, one each for hotel, restaurant, and tourism; and one ITC each for manufacturing; power; academe; bus transport; and construction. In addition, it has a district tripartite council for sugar.

Region 9 has nine ITCs, one each in fishing and canning; construction; rubber; bus transport; hotel, pension, and restaurant; seaweeds; maritime; education; and information and communications technology. In addition to its RTIPC, it also has four city TIPCs, one each in the cities of Zamboanga, Dipolog, Isabela, and Pagadian. One province, Zamboanga Sibugay, has a provincial TIPC, while five towns, Sindangan, Liloy, Margosatubig, Molave, and Pitogo have a municipal TIPC each, although the latter three are inactive.

Aside from its RTIPC, Region 10 has provincial TIPCs in Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental East, and Misamis Oriental West. It has 15 active ITCs for business process outsourcing; pineapple; banana; coconut; hotel and restaurants; resorts; academe; construction; sugar; bus transport; and tobacco.

Region 11 has an RTIPC, and a city TIPC in Davao City. It has also five ITCs, one each for information and communications technology/business process outsourcing; banana; academe;  construction; and maritime.

On top of its RTIPC, Region 12 has six active ITCs, one each for academe; construction; fishing and allied services; wholesale and retail; tourism; and plantation, a merger of the ITCs in abaca, pineapple, banana, and rubber.

The RTIPC of the Caraga Region and the provincial TIPC of Agusan del Sur are inactive, but its nine ITCs, one each for plantation; construction; education; land transport; security, general, and allied services; wood-based industry; mining; maritime; and eco-tourism, are all active and functioning well.

END/stellabanares

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