Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has issued a set of comprehensive guidelines that will further empower workers and strengthen employment in industries through the Labor-Management Cooperation/Council Convergence of Programs.
Administrative Order No. 47, Series of 2015, or the Guidelines on the Implementation of LMC Convergence of Programs, said Secretary Baldoz, will facilitate compliance with labor laws and sustain sound employee-employer relations through the Labor Management Cooperation/Council.
“It will also facilitate the delivery of the mandate of the different DOLE offices and attached agencies on plant-level level programs and services,” Baldoz said.
By convergence, the DOLE meant that all plant-level DOLE programs and services shall be jointly delivered through the LMC or any Workplace Cooperation and Partnership (WCP) structure.
Baldoz issued the guidelines pursuant to D.O. No. 131-13 Series of 2013, otherwise known as the Rules on Labor Laws Compliance System.
Through A.O. 47 Series of 2015, Baldoz has, in one stroke, mandated the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), DOLE National Capital Region as regional representative, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC), Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), and Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) to constitute themselves into a LMC Convergence Team for the implementation of the DOLE’s programs on productivity, occupational safety and health (OSH), family welfare, grievance, and most importantly, the plant-level bipartite compliance committee mandated to conduct joint assessment and OSH investigation under the DOLE Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS).
“All these programs and services shall be converged through a one plant-level structure, which is the LMC or any Workplace Cooperation and Partnership (WCP) structure, to address decent work deficits, foster harmonious labor-management relationships and industrial peace, and increase productivity and competitiveness of enterprises,” Baldoz said.
The guidelines outlines the specific roles of each of the member of the LMC Convergence Team, with the NCMB, as program manager of LMC and national secretariat, expected to deliver as output the number of establishments with facilitated or enhanced LMCs/WCPs. It shall also coordinate national meetings of the LMC Convergence Team.
“All members of the LMC Convergence Team shall enhance all LMCs/WCPs structures with their respective plant-level programs and services and I expect the Team to submit an action plan with defined timelines and targets,” said Baldoz.
The NWPC, as program manager for productivity improvement program, shall, among other tasks, be responsible in setting up PIPs in establishments identified for LMC/WCP enhancements. The OSHC is tasked to enhance awareness and implementation of OSH programs and to conduct specialised training on workers’ protection against occupational hazards, accidents, and illnesses.
The ECC shall orient workers and establishments on EC programs and services and on the prevention of work-related diseases. The BWSC, as program manager for family welfare, shall conduct orientation on the town dimensions of the Family Welfare Program, among other tasks. The BWC, shall provide NCMB with reports of findings of LLCOs on establishments needing intervention, and ensure the formation of plant-level bipartite compliance committees under the LLCS.
Finally, the BLR shall conduct advocacy of the convergence programs through audio-video and other IECs, and provide assistance in monitoring implementation of the same convergence programs and services.
Meanwhile, in Region 12, the DOLE Regional Office headed by Regional Director Ofelia Domingo, together with Director Hacelfeo Cuares of the NCMB Regional Office No. 12, had started to roll-out the orientation and implementation the LMC Convergence with an orientation through the region’s Labor Laws Compliance Officers and officials and staff of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Regional Office.
“Since fishing is a major economic activity in the region, the LMC orientation had also for its participants, owners and human resource managers of fishing companies. A training on Toolbox of Services is also being rolled-out by the DOLE and attached agencies, along with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority Regional Office No. 12,” reported Director Domingo.