ORIENTAL MINDORO – The Department of Labor and Employment thru Oriental Mindoro Field Office (DOLE OrMin) conducted a Workers Organization Development Program (WODP) Training to 45 members of 12 DOLE-Registered Workers Associations held on 24 June 2021 at Bulwagang Panlalawigan, Provincial Capitol Complex, Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

While strictly observing the health and safety protocols issued by local and national Task Force Against COVID-19 Virus, the WODP Training was successfully conducted via face-to-face in partnership with the Provincial Government of Oriental Mindoro as the host of training venue. The topics covered by WODP Training are Financial Literacy, Productivity, Labor Standards and Labor Relations.

The list of associations who attended the trainings are:

  1. Coconut Vendor’s Association – Public Market, Calapan City;
  2. Samahan ng Nagkakaisang Mamamayan ng Balingayan – Balingayan, Calapan City;
  3. Samahan ng Pamilyang Nagkakaisa Para sa Higit na Kaunlaran – Canubing, Calapan City;
  4. Makabagong Magsasaka ng Nipa at Niyog – Parang, Calapan City;
  5. Kabuhayan at Kalikasan para sa Mamayan ng Brgy. Lazareto – Lazareto, Calapan City;
  6. Sitio Lagunlong Community Development Organization (SLCDO) – Water, Baco;
  7. San Agustin 1 Farmer’s Association – San Agustin 1, Naujan;
  8. Samahan ng May Awa at Habag sa Manggagawa – Zone 2, Socorro;
  9. Calima Socio- Economic Multi-purpose Cooperative (CASEMPCO) – Calima, Pola;
  10. Samahang Mandaragat ng Banilad (SAMBA) – Banilad, Pinamalayan;
  11. Gloria Sustainable Agriculture Association (GLOSAA) – Narra, Gloria;
  12. Kaligtasan Farmers and Irrigators Association – Banus, Gloria; and
  13. Mina De Oro Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-purpose Cooperative (MAREBEMCO) – Mina De Oro, Bongabong.

DOLE OrMin Field Office Head Roderick F. Tamacay welcomed and thanked the participants from various associations for participating in the said training despite their busy schedule and travel restrictions. He emphasized that DOLE does not stop its assistance to provision of livelihood assistance, it continues to provide training and capacity building to officers and members of associations to equip them with entrepreneurial skills and knowledge in the aspect of organizational and financial management, productivity and harmonious relationship in the workplace.

Ms. Rosa Vera P. Fortu, Trade and Industry Development Specialist of DTI discussed the topic on Financial Literacy wherein participants learned the basic financial planning, savings and budgeting.

Meanwhile, Mr. Romeo E. Opis, Board Secretary VI of Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity (RTWPB) – MIMAROPA discussed the topic on Productivity 101 during which, participants learned and understood the productivity concepts and measures, productivity tools and techniques, benefits of productivity and productivity incentives schemes.

For the topic on Labor Standards and Labor Relations, DOLE Senior LEO Mr. Edralin B. Magcalayo explained the employment relationship, rights and duties of workers, management prerogatives, wages and wage-related benefits among others. Likewise, Ms. Katleen I. Perez, FNLI / LEO III discussed the DOLE Programs and Services.

The Workers Organization Development Program of WODP is one of the flagship programs of DOLE which aims to develop the capabilities of workers and their organization in order to perform their roles effectively and efficiently towards the promotion of trade unionism, worker’s empowerment and sound labor-management relations.

End/Edralin B. Magcalayo