The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has opened the 2017 search for outstanding grievance machinery for industrial peace.

In a ceremony attended by stakeholder representatives, Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the activity is part of DOLE’s awareness campaign on labor management cooperation among organized and non-unionized establishments.

Bello called on business and labor representatives to join hands in the undertaking to promote good labor relations that will result to better workplace productivity, efficiency, and competitiveness.

“President Duterte is keen on instilling good working environment that generates decent work, harmonious labor cooperation and sustainable industrial peace.  He also mandated us to ensure fair and expeditious resolution of labor disputes in the country,” Bello said.

The outstanding Labor-Management Cooperation for Industrial Peace Award is spearheaded by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) of DOLE. It started in 1998 and is held every 2 years.

For the past awarding ceremonies, the labor department has reported that the numbers of entries and nominees have been increasing.

NCMB Executive Director Shirley Pascual encouraged the public to send nominees for the said awards and continue finding ways to enhance good working conditions and better employer-worker relations in their respective companies.

Pascual noted that any LMC of an organized or non-unionized company which has been in existence for at least three years and are implementing a Labor Management Cooperation program under its workplace mechanism for communication and worker’s participation, may apply or be nominated.

A company, in order to be qualified for the award, should not be a party to pending labor standards case at any DOLE Regional offices and not a respondent to a pending case at NCMB.

The nominee or applicant shall fill-out and submit the nomination/ application form, together with the supporting documentary requirements to the nearest Regional Conciliation and Mediation Branch (RCMB) of the board on or before April 30, 2017.

For further information and sending nomination/ application entries the public may call NCMB Central Office at (02) 415-7888/ 332-4178/ 332-4177; or email at /; or visit their website at

#Paul Ang

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