Baldoz leads the forging of the Code of Good Practices with Aviation ITC in Clarkfield, Pampanga
Clarkfield, Pampanga – As the aviation industry continues to draw more investments this year, boosting more jobs for jobseekers here in Central Luzon, it is also the perfect time to harmonize industrial peace through tripartism, says Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimaplis-Baldoz.
Baldoz, accompanied by Undersecretary Lourdes Trasmonte, yesterday, led the forging of the Voluntary Code of Good Practices (VCGP) with the first Aviation Tripartite Industry (ITC or Council) in the country, held at the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) at the Clark Freeport Zone.
Also affixing their signatures with Baldoz are CIAC President Jose Victor Luciano, John Barrientos of the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), DOLE-3 Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante, DOLE-3 Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio, DOLE Pampanga Field Office head Ma. Rima Hernandez, and the duly-elected officers and members of the Council.
Companies which comprise the Council include CIAC, UPS International, Inc., Aerotech Industrial Philippines, Inc., Air Asia Incorporated, Omni Aviation Group, Asian Aeronautics Services, Inc., Philippine Aviation Security Services Corporation, Dornier Technology, Clark Airport Support Services Corporation, Lubewell Corporation, Winning Touch International Marketing, and Miascor Clark Catering.
The collaborative signing of this VCGP in the aviation industry aims to foster a proactive approach in ensuring voluntary compliance with the general labor standards (GLS) and occupational safety and health standards (OSHS). Accordingly, the code carries with it a sense of corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the promotion of good neighbor communication principles allowing healthy competition in the field of labor relations, employee welfare benefits, productivity and competitiveness of manpower in the concerned industry.
As Baldoz lauded the Council’s effort in her keynote message, she told its members that their existence plays a vital role in promoting and sustaining industrial peace in the aviation industry.
“I commend the aviation industry for its proactive efforts in creating the first ever Aviation ITC here in the country. You, being the frontrunners in the aviation industry are the key employment generators. You are the experts in this field, through your ITC, many problems faced by this industry could be solved,” said Baldoz.
Baldoz likewise stressed the importance of having a voluntary code of good practices and the benefits it may bring to the industry.
“This voluntary code of good practices that you’ve signed with the DOLE is a living document and a forum for you to raise and lobby your issues and concerns to find better solutions at the end of the day. The DOLE is here to help you come up with policies and programs which will effectively benefit the entire aviation industry,” said Baldoz.
“Our partnership will ensure that the terms and conditions of employment will be adhered. Because of this, we will be able to increase productivity, therefore encourage more investors to invest here in the Clark Freeport Zone, which in the end will generate more employment opportunities in addressing unemployment,” added Baldoz.
Lastly, Baldoz said that companies which are voluntarily compliant with the labor standards will be recognized by the DOLE.
“We want to incentivize companies, based on our tripartite assessment, by issuing them “Certificates of Compliance.” We encourage companies in this industry to self-regulate. You are already recognized globally, being hailed with a Rank 3 as one of the “World’s Best Airport Freezones” in the world, you have no choice but to be number 1. We at the DOLE will support you in this endeavor,” said Baldoz.
CIAC President Luciano, on behalf of the Council, expressed his full support in ensuring that the VCGP will be adhered by the group.
“We are a notch higher because of the creation of this Council. Our partnership with the DOLE, through this VCGP, is part of our commitment to foster and sustain industrial peace. This year alone, the aviation industry has already grown by an astonishing 80 percent of our target in terms of passenger and cargo volume. Secretary Baldoz, we are assuring you of our full commitment,” said Luciano. Meanwhile, John Barrientos of the CAB, told Baldoz of the CAB’s full support with the group.
“The CAB, as the principal economic regulator is one with the DOLE and the Aviation ITC in its objective of having an aviation industry, free from irreconcilable labor-management disputes, and the establishment of a community enjoying harmonious industrial peace. The desire to serve the public, whether it be labor-related or purely aero-economic concern, is the CAB’s paramount concern. We are with you in this endeavor,” said Barrientos.
Officers of the Council said it best when they said “Yes to Industrial Peace.”
Victor Edgar Carillo III, Vice Chairman for Management, thanked the DOLE.
“We are thankful to the DOLE. It is timely that we forged this partnership. In my 44 years in this industry, I’ve seen its ups and downs. However, today, we are picking up with the trends in aviation through this vibrant airport (CIAC) and the help of gpvernment. As a result, many investors have flown in. If we have industrial peace, we will be the number 1 aviation hub here in Asia,” said Carillo.
Jonathan Cortez, Vice Chairman for Labor, on the other hand, lauded the leadership of the DOLE and CIAC in creating an avenue that would strengthen employer-employee relationship in the industry.
Aside from the VCGP siging, Baldoz also formally administered the oath-taking of the duly-elected officers of the Aviation ITC which comprise the following:
Chairman: DOLE Regional Office No. 3 Vice Chairman: Victor Edgar Carillo III (Management, Asean Aeronautics) Jonas Cortez (Labor, Lubwell Corporation) Secretariat: DOLE Pampanga Treasurer: Gala Castro (Clark Airport Support services) Auditor: Tessibeth Cordova (CIAC) Board of Directors: Glenn Zamora (Lubewell Corporation) Jeffrey Lacsina (Omini Aviation Corp.) Grenil Castrence (Winning Touch International)
To cap up the said activity, Baldoz led the signing of the Pledge of Commitment with the rest of the officers and members of the Council.