BOAC, MARINDUQUE – Spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Employment – Marinduque Field Office (DOLE Marinduque), Provincial Tripartite Industrial Council/Industrial Tripartite Council (PTIPC/ITC) was successfully held on 27 March 2019 participated by 107 officers and members from 63 establishments in the province.

This one one-day activity is in line with the continuous effort of the Department to strengthen established PTIPC/ITC and highlight the importance of safety to workers and employers and their participation in the decision and policy – making bodies of the government.

The program was started as Mr. Peter James D. Cortazar, Field Office Head of DOLE Marinduque, welcomed the participants emphasizing the overview of the activity. “The responsibility of the employers does not end on the payment of wages alone. Enactment of Workers Safety Law was a victory for workers”, Mr. Cortazar said.

Moreover, activity was graced by DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales. He stressed the importance of this activity to employees, employers as well as to the government sector as he mentioned: “This activity could bring linkage and strong understanding between employers, employees as well as government sector”. Also, RD Gonzales stated that said undertaking serves as venue for the employees to express their thoughts and to further understand their rights and the would-be benefits to be provided by their employers.

During the said orientation, Chief of Technical Support and Services Division of DOLE MIMAROPA, Mr. Philip D. Ruga presented issues regarding tripartism. He also discussed the details of anti-age discrimination, wage reduction and entitlement of employees with disability.

Further, Mr. Marjun S. Moreno, Labor Inspector of DOLE Marinduque, guided the participants in accomplishing the self-assessment on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Standards. He then stressed the need to perform the self-assessment to know on what the establishment has to comply with the OSH standards.

Meanwhile, Department Order No. 198-18 and IRR of RA 11058 was discussed by Bureau of Working Condition Senior Labor and Employment Officer Engr. Melanie Banayos. Strengthening Compliance with OSH standards was also tackled as Engr. Banayos provided assistance to participating establishments in accomplishing its OSH program.

In terms of prevailing minimum wage rate, Mr. Romeo E. Opis, RTWPB Board Secretary VI, presented the Wage Order no. RB-MIMAROPA-09 including its implementing rules and regulations.

This learning opportunity will be of great help for their establishments to ensure its voluntary compliance based on the labor and OSH standards including other related labor law requirements.

End/ Maria Cielo O. Orilla