In Aurora, DOLE3 sets up the Family Welfare Program in 3 Firms
Baler, Aurora – With the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLEs) campaign to boost the Family Welfare Program (FWP) in strengthening the family ties of workers, the DOLE Regional Office No. 3, under the helm of DOLE Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante, has instructed all DOLE Provincial Field Offices to intensify the program as part of its efforts to further sustain industrial peace in the region.
In Baler, Aurora, Agravante reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the Aurora Field Office, under the supervision of Antonio Mutuc Jr., recently concluded a series of orientations on the DOLE’s FWP involving three (3) companies in the province namely the Wesleyan University, Aurora Electric Cooperative (AURELCO), and Alalay sa Kaunlaran Inc. (ASKI).
Aside from the orientation, Agravante told Baldoz in his report that the Aurora Field Office was likewise successful in establishing Family Welfare Committees in the above-mentioned establishments.
Mutuc told participants, composing of labor and management representatives, that the FWP is being offered to establishments, through plant-level interventions, that will secure the welfare, not only of the workers, but also their family as well.
The ten (10) dimensions of the FWP, which were also highlighted by Mutuc, include: Reproductive Health/Responsible Parenthood, Education/Gender Equality, Spirituality/Values Formation, Income Generation/Livelihood/Cooperative, Medical Health Care, Nutrition, Environment Protection, Hygiene & Sanitation, Sports & Leisure, Housing and Transportation.
“The FWP is our way to help both management and employees to realize better working relationship by fulfilling the needs of the family of workers. The formula is very simple: A happy family means a happy worker; a happy worker means higher productivity; higher productivity means more competitive establishments,” said Mutuc.
At Wesleyan University, with its FWP orientation dubbed “Securing Efficient Faculty members and Staff through Training and Educational Assistance,” the primary focus of the school is education and training assistance that will be provided to all qualified employees.
Dr. Ferdinand Romano, management representative and vice chair of the Wesleyan Family Welfare Committee, said that as an educational institution, they need to make sure that the capacity and skills of their employees, particularly the faculty members, are enhanced to become effective in their respective work assignments.
Meanwhile, the Aurora Electric Cooperative’s FWP orientation themed “Enlightened Workers through Sports and Leisure Activities,” enrolled the following FWP activities which include social nights for employees, education and training assistance and medical insurance.
Engr. Agritino Teh San, General Manager of the cooperative, proudly disclosed that they have their in-house musical band, which performs during special gatherings and parties. Teh San also noted that education and training will also be sustained covering the topics on productivity and 5s Strategy. Medical insurance for its employees, on the top of what is provided by the Philhealth, will also be explored under its Family Welfare Committee Action Plan.
The Alalay sa Kaunlaran (ASKI), which offers micro finance services, on the other hand, themed its FWP orientation on “Extending Entrepreneurial Spirit to the Family of ASKI Employees,” and enrolled a livelihood assistance project for management and employees.
Pamela Diaz, Head of the ASKI Aurora and Chairperson of the ASKI Family Welfare Committee, said that since they already have an employees’ cooperative, affiliated at the national level, they instead will be venturing into livelihood activities upon approval from their national heads.
However, with the FWP in place at ASKI, Diaz said that they can form their own Employees Association, covering solely the employees of Aurora, so that they can immediately proceed on implementing the livelihood project that will help augment the income of its employees and their family.
Aside from the FWP, the DOLE Aurora Field Office also promoted other DOLE programs like Labor Relations, Human Relations and Productivity (LHP) Seminar, Technical Advisory Visit (TAV) Seminars and livelihood assistance programs.
“Think FWP as a funnel where programs and assistance can be easily facilitated to your establishments. From labor education, to livelihood projects, to human resource management strategies, the FWP can be a platform where management and workers can meet, focusing on the interests and well-being of the family,” said Mutuc.