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Labor agency holds learning sessions for Tarlac education tripartite group


CITY OF TARLAC – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Tarlac Field Office, yesterday, held a learning session with the Tarlac Educational Institution Peace Council (TEIPC).
DOLE Regional Director Atty. Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III that 48 labor and management representative-members of the TEIPC were in attendance.
“This year, we will continue strengthening our different tripartite groups from various industries in Central Luzon. Here in Tarlac, we are holding this learning session with the Education IPC to address various issues and challenges faced by the education industry,” Dione explained.
DOLE Tarlac Field Office head Aurita Laxamana kicked-off the learning session with an overview and discussion of the recently signed Department Order (D.O.) No. 183-17.
“This D.O., which revises the Rules on the Administration and Enforcement of Labor Laws Pursuant to Article 128 of the Labor Code, was issued to reinforce and strengthen the implementation of the visitorial and enforcement power of the Labor Secretary to determine probable non-conformities of establishments with laws on labor standards and occupational safety and health standards,” Laxamana explained.
Meanwhile, Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) Regional Focal Person Alvin Garcia provided updates on Workers’ Benefits under the Employees Compensation Program (ECP).
Occupational Safety and Health Center’s (OSHCs) Jacquiline Ramos, for her part, provided updates on the latest trends on occupational safety and health standards.  
“We wish to inform you that the Senate has already approved Senate Bill No. 1317 or the proposed “Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Standard,” a bill mandating a stricter compliance by employers to OSH standards,” Ramos said, adding:
“Should this bill be passed into law, penalties will be imposed to firms which are found to be non-compliant to OSH standards at the workplace.”
Aside from labor updates, Labor and Employment Officers Allan Tolentino, CJ Manansala, and Princess Labalan, facilitated a social dialogue on various labor issues concerning the education industry.

Some issues raised include teachers’ probationary period, school ind
ustry classification, proposed government
 subsidy for private school tea
chers, and labor turnover of teachers, among others.
The dialogue resulted in the drafting of a resolution aimed to further strengthen harmonious working relations and productivity between labor and management across educational institutions in the province.
Other Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils of various industries in different parts of the region will soon convene and hold similar learning sessions and dialogues this year.
END/Jerry Borja/Princess Labalan




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