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DOLE convenes/activates anew Central Luzon education tripartite groups
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) recently convened the Education Industry Tripartite Councils (EITCs) all over Central Luzon at its regional office in San Fernando City, Pampanga.
 
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III last month instructed all DOLE regional offices to convene their respective Regional EITCs prelude to the first National Convention of the EITCs happening this February.
 
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione reported to Bello that 45 management and labor EITC officer and member-representatives attended the said consultative-meeting.
 
Dione said that the consultative-meeting aims to engage and strengthen all seven existing DOLE-organized EITCs as well as reactivating its mother-organization, the Regional EITC.
 
“The education sector is already facing a first-hand experience on various issues and concerns on the implementation of government’s Enhanced Basic Education or K – 12. Through this consultative-meeting, we look forward to gather, discuss, and recommend win-win solutions in addressing them by coming up with an Education Industry Work Plan or Agenda,” Dione said, adding:
 
“This is also the perfect time to renew and revitalize our commitments in ensuring that the education sector, through its REITC, continues to soar high and empowered in achieving greater heights.”   
 
DOLE Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio, in her message, asked for the group to identify members to represent the region in the creation of the National EITC (NEITC).    
 
“The DOLE is on the verge of creating the first ever National Education Industry Tripartite Council intended primarily to look after the industrial relation of the education industry on a national-scale. This is why we’ve gathered you here today not only to rejuvenate your respective EITCs but more importantly to identify among your members on who could represent us in the national level,” Panlilio explained.
 
Department of Education’s (DepEds) Education Program Supervisor Arnel Usman kicked-off the meeting by providing updates on the Implementation of the K – 12 Basic Education Program.
 
“We have been capacitating our old and newly-hired teachers, as well as building or enhancing more classrooms prior to the full implementation of the senior high school (SHS) which only started this school year 2016 – 2017. Around 39,950 of 36,461 teaching positions created to handle the influx of enrollees for the SHS this year have already been filled-up,” Usman explained.
 
Meanwhile, Technical Support and Services Division for Labor Relations and Labor Standards Chief Maria Rima Hernandez and Supervising Labor and Employment Officer Ma. Rosini David, next, spearhead a planning workshop.
 
Med-Arbitration Unit Arbiter Atty. Remedios Vegim-Teves was also present to lend her knowledge and technical expertise in the facilitation of the said workshop.
 
The planning workshop focused its discussion and exchange of ideas on the creation of the NEITC, its organizational structure, and operational functions.
 
The group recommended for all schools/institutions to become mandatory NEITC-members at the provincial level where management and labor in both Basic and Higher Education are represented.
 
Issues concerning the K – 12 Implementation, ‘ENDO’ practices in the education industry, and compliance with General Labor Standards and Occupational Safety and Health Standards were also discussed. 
  
The group successfully drafted an Education Industry Work Plan and were able to reactivate its REITC resulting to the placement of the following new duly-elected officials:
 
§  Junard Benitez – Vice Chairman for Management (Wesleyan University)
§  Gina Garcia – Vice Chairman for Labor (Gen. De Jesus College)
§  Rogelio Eco Jr. – Treasurer (University of the Assumption)
§  Alma Villanueva – Auditor (Syllabus Inc.)
 
The DOLE will serve as Chairperson and co-chaired by the Department of Education, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, Local Government Units, and Public Employment Service Offices.
 
The group also identified and recommend the following members to represent the REITC at the National Convention of the Education Industry Tripartite Councils.
 
Management Representatives:
 
§  Ferdinand Romano – Wesleyan University
§  Antonina Abella – Kids Garden Learning Center
§  Evelyn Manzano – Subic Bay Colleges, Inc.
§  Sr. Florencia Tubaup, SSpS – College of the Holy Spirit
 
Labor Representatives:
 
§  Elmer Jacinto – Dr. Yanga’s Colleges, Inc.
§  Jesus Evaristo – University of the Assumption
§  Jacqui Santander - Subic Bay Colleges, Inc.
 
Dione said that the Vice Chairman for both Management and Labor will also be representing the REITC in the said convention.
 
Provincial Heads of all DOLE Field Offices from the seven provinces were also present to provide assistance to their respective Provincial EITCs (PEITCs).
 
END/Jerry Borja with reporting from Ailyn Taruc and Maicha Dominique Pineda-David

 

 
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