Butuan City—A total of 155 representatives from different industries in the region attended the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga quarterly Regional Tripartite Industry Peace Council (CRTIPC) Meeting on August 15 at Almont Inland Resort and Hotel. The event also paved the way for the establishment of the Regional Tripartite Monitoring Body (RTMB).

The objective is to strengthen the partnership of Labor, Management, and Government sector for industrial peace in the region. During the event, the CRTIPC discussed programs and updates on the current government guidelines. Mr. Earl Dela Victoria, Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) Caraga Board Secretary, discussed the Productivity 5S Program and promoted free training and seminar to workers and establishments to improve customer services.

Meanwhile, Engr. John Ritche A. Tangpos, DOLE Senior Labor and Employment Officer (LEO), emphasized the importance of safety in the workplace as mandated in RA 11058 or “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards” as he gave updates on the then proposed Senate Bill 1317 at that time otherwise known as “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof”.

“Safety is not a gadget, but rather it is a mindset” Engr. Tangpos said during his presentation.

Ms. Lovely Laudette Gamba, Regional TIPC Focal Person, led the review of commitments of the different establishments which includes the regularization of contractual workers who are target beneficiaries of the End of Contract (ENDO) program. This program is one of the department’s priorities for the next two years. All participating establishments showed their support for workers’ regularization by signing the commitment of support board.

On the other hand, Mr. Arnheim P. Ravelo, Senior LEO, Agusan del Norte Provincial Office TIPC Focal Person, presented a resolution from the Manpower and Security Service Industry and a resolution for the Mining Industry.

Firstly, Mr. Ravelo presented Resolution No. 001-2018 from the Manpower and Security Agency sector otherwise known as “A Resolution Appealing to the Secretary of Labor and Employment Honorable Silvestre Bello, National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council and the Bureau of Working Conditions to Review and Re-examine Department Order No. 174 otherwise known as the Rules and Regulations Implementing Article 106 to 209 of the Labor code as amended.” Issues and concerns pertain to the high cost of registration and shortened validity period, affected agencies, capacity to meet the requirements. Secondly, he presented a resolution for the Mining Industry Resolution No. 002-2018 otherwise known as “A Resolution Encouraging Mining Companies in Caraga Region to Implement a Program to Employ Workers During Off Season.”

This resolution will help workers to still earn income amidst off season. The Department [DOLE] is willing to collaborate with the mining companies to discuss various programs and projects,” Ravelo said during his report.

The meeting ended with the election of regular members to the newly created Regional Tripartite Monitoring Board (RTMB). The board as sub-committee of CRTIPC is expected to focus on attending pending cases before the International Labor Organization as well as prioritize pertinent issues and concerns affecting labor and management.

Christian Phillip N. Lozano