Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the DOLE is establishing more partnerships between labor, employers, and the government, even with the Church, to ensure that the gains already achieved in industrial peace and harmony, as well as in many other facets of labor governance, can be sustained even beyond the present administration.
“We have made tremendous inroads in tripartism and social dialogue, especially now that this has been strengthened by its institutionalization through R.A. 10395,” said Baldoz.
“We should, therefore, not lose momentum but continue expanding our social dialogue network,” she added.
Baldoz made the remarks at the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the DOLE and the Church Labor Conference, or CLC, an alliance of various labor groups and Catholic Church people promoting labor protection and the well-being of workers.
The CLC is also known for advancing labor rights and industrial peace.
Composed of 37 member organizations, the CLC is headed by Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Chairperson, and Rene Magtubo, Co-chairperson.
Under the agreement, the CLC shall assist the DOLE in the advocacy and implementation of labor laws rules and regulations on workers’ rights and welfare in the formal and informal sector, as well as in the promotion of DOLE’S programs and services.
The memorandum of agreement also formalized the representation of the CLC as part of the labor sector in the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (NTIPC) and/or the Technical Executive Committee.
Baldoz said the DOLE is intensifying its promotion of tripartism and social dialogue as a strategies framework or tool for the attainment of employment goals.
“I truly appreciate the CLC’s offer of assistance in advocacy and implementation of labor laws, rules and regulations on workers’ right and welfare, as well as in the promotion of DOLE’s programs and services,” Baldoz said further.
“This partnership with CLC is a first step in associating with other sectors towards utilizing social dialogue as a mechanism for active representation and participation of stakeholders, and ensuring implementation of labor laws, rules and regulations, especially with the upcoming ASEAN economic integration,” she finally said.
Bishop Pabillo and Mr. Magtubo signed the agreement on behalf of the CLC, while Secretary Baldoz signed it for the DOLE.
Other signatories to the agreement, as witnesses, are Fr. Enrico Martin Adoviso of the Archdiocesan Ministry for Labor Concerns; Diego Cesario Quejada of the Urban Missionaries; Fr. Edwin Gariquez of the National Secretarial for Social Action; and Sr. Cecilia Eco of the Little sisters of Jesus.