DOLE-3 and SBMA forge pact to strengthen Industrial Peace at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone
City of Olongapo – This year, once again, marks another milestone for the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as it continues to forge stronger partnerships with the public and private sector to further intensify its advocacy campaign of strengthening industrial peace in the freeport zones here in Central Luzon.
DOLE Regional Director reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, today, that the DOLE successfully forged a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) with aims to extend full cooperation and assistance to the SBMA in its goal to generate employment opportunities and promote a more harmonious, stable, and mutually beneficial labor-management relations to prevent the occurrence of labor disputes and to increase productivity, here at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.
No other than DOLE Undersecretary for Social Protection Lourdes M. Trasmonte, on Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz’s behalf, together with SBMA Chairman-Administrator Roberto Garcia, led the signing of the said memorandum that was witnessed by other DOLE and SBMA officials.
On the DOLE’s part, Trasmonte was accompanied by Undersecretary for Labor Relations Rebecca C. Chato, DOLE-3 Regional Director Ray Agravante, Assistant Regional Director Geraldine M. Panlilio, DOLE Zambales Field Office head Efren Reyes, and Med-Arbiter Remedios Vegim. Garcia, on the other hand, was accompanied by Deputy Senior Administrator Ramon Agregado, Labor Center Manager Severo Pastor Jr. and Regulatory Group head Joy Alvarado, on SBMA’s part.
The said memorandum will cover the DOLE program areas on industrial peace, labor education, and enforcement of labor standards.
According to Trasmonte, the DOLE and SBMA shall immediately create a Technical Working Group (TWG) to formulate the specific guidelines to implement the provision of the said memorandum and shall regularly meet to monitor and assess the implementation of programs, identify the necessary adjustments and changes to be introduced, and to recommend programs and projects geared towards the objective of ensuring compliance with labor standards laws and maintenance of industrial peace within the economic zones.
“In signing this memorandum, we can cooperate to promote the worker’s welfare and inform management on how relationship will take place in the workplace,” says Trasmonte.
Trasmonte added that the DOLE is focused on developmental programs on labor enforcement.
“Based on the Secretary’s policy, the enforcement of labor laws, this time, will involve in implementing developmental approaches like an incentivizing compliance program where management/companies, that are found to be compliant for three (3) years, shall be issued a certificate of compliance,” said Trasmonte.
To Chairman Garcia and the rest of the SBMA officials, the memorandum is a big welcome for labor and managment in the Freeport Zone.
“Forging this partnership, through this memorandum, signals a much closer cooperation with the DOLE. As you know, we have 90,000 workers and we need as much as assistance we can get from the DOLE to make sure that we continue to provide more jobs, develop our workers and prospective workers into world class workers,” said Garcia.
Trasmonte assured SBMA officials that the DOLE, through the memorandum, will exhaust full efforts to assist the SBMA in implementing programs that will empower and produce highly skilled world-class workers.
“We are one with you in the endeavor. We will be your partners towards sustaining genuine harmonious relationships at the workplace,” said Trasmonte.