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Labor agency kick-start the revitalization of industrial tripartite groups in Central Luzon


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Central Luzon yesterday commenced the convening and revitalization of its various Industrial Tripartite Councils (ITCs) all over the region.
DOLE Regional Director Zenaida Angara-Capita said that the labor agency’s primary objective is to strengthen all existing regional and local ITCs from different industry sectors.
“With new and emerging challenges faced by our key industries within Central Luzon, we took the initiative to reconvene our different ITCs to further empower them to be stronger tripartite bodies that would serve as catalysts for broader information networks and advisory councils in working with government in addressing relevant industry-specific labor relation issues,” RD Capita explained, adding:
“We want to truly capture and find ways to address common and specific issues of our various regional and local ITCs and likewise make their voices be heard, not only within our level, but more importantly in the national level as well.”
In her report to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, the labor agency first met with some 31 representatives of 25 firms under Regional and Local ITCs in the Construction Industry.
Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio formally welcomed all participants and lauded them for their full cooperation and participation towards achieving the labor agency’s objective.
“Your mere presence here signifies your willingness and eagerness to support our cause in strengthening our partnership towards addressing emerging trends and issues faced by your industry,” Panlilio said, adding:
“We are hopeful that we would be able to come up with an action plan that would serve as a guide in enabling us to craft various developmental program interventions towards the sustenance and maintenance of industrial peace.”
Technical Support and Services Division for Labor Relations and Labor Standards head Rima Hernandez facilitated an action planning workshop on addressing prevailing issues confronted by the construction industry.
Some of the issues raised include payment of wages and benefits, status of employment and regularization, and compliance with labor and occupational safety and health standards, among others.
The drafted action plan was then presented, discussed, and approved by the newly-elected officials and members of the Regional and Local Construction ITCs.  
As an initial strategy, communication channels through Facebook closed groups, emails, and Viber accounts, will be created to strengthen the DOLE’s communication and coordination ties with its ITC partners.
To cap off the event, a joint resolution to strengthen and consolidate the regional and 7 local construction ITCs was signed with the labor agency.
A similar undertaking will also be held for the regional and local ITCs under the Hotel and Restaurant and Education industries.
Meanwhile, the labor agency will reconvene all existing local ITCs in the Hospital industry to undertake the same activity and forge its regional ITC counterpart.
RD Campita said that the revitalization of the different regional and local ITCs will further boost harmonious relationships across industries within the region.
“Through the course of revamping our various ITCs, we are hopeful that our action plans will be doable and attainable in collectively addressing all issues and concerns raised by all concerned stakeholders,” RD Campita said.
END/Jerry Borja/Melanie Mendoza
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