Puerto Princesa City, Palawan – DOLE Palawan Field Office in collaboration with Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board IVB (RTWPB) successfully conducted Palawan Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) Officers’ Meeting Cum Planning Review and Learning Session at Best Western Plus, The Ivywall Hotel on 07 March 2019.

Tripartism provides continuing forum for tripartite consultation in aide of streamlining the role of government, empowering workers’ and employers’ organization, enhancing their respective rights, attaining industrial peace, and improving productivity.

To take advantage of the significant roles of tripartism, Tripartite Industrial Peace Council and Industry Tripartite Council in the region were created pursuant to the mandate of Article 275 of the Labor Code, as amended and the Government’s commitment under ILO Convention No. 144.

TIPC meeting and planning review were the main agenda in the morning exclusively participated by twenty-nine (29) officers including Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) members spearheaded by the Chairman Joel M. Gonzales, DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director.

Moreover, officers were divided into eight (8) committees enabling to formulate an action plan for the 6-month learning session and improvement, as follows: (1) Labor and Management; (2) Industry; (3) Efficiency, Integrity and Monitoring; (4) Career and Employment; (5) Wages and Livelihood; (6) Skills Development and Professionalism; (7) Occupational Safety and Health; and (8) Unionism and Labor Management Cooperation.

For the afternoon learning session, DOLE and RTWPB invited additional establishments to undergo orientation on New Wage Order, Productivity Offerings and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Law. It was formally started by delivering a welcome message from the Vice-Chairperson for Management, Ms. Fe V. Ricon.

Wage order no. RB-MIMAROPA-09 with productivity offerings and OSH Law were effectively presented by Mr. Romeo E. Opis, Board Secretary VI and Mr. Luis B. Evangelista, DOLE Palawan Field Office Head, respectively.

Prior to closing remarks, RD Gonzales extended his gratitude for time and presence allotted by the participants to the said activity. He also revealed that DOLE will have a launching of “Vision 1M: 11th Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan” on 21 March 2019 to be held at Puerto Princesa City, Palawan in which another wave of discussion on OSH Law to be discussed by the Occupational Safety and Health Center personnel.

Mr. Ricardo L. Dela Torre, Vice-Chairperson for Labor, ended the whole day activity through his closing remarks. He commended the team for a job well done: “Sa ngalan naming mga officers, ay lubos akong nagpapasalamat sa naging activity na ito dahil naliwanagan kami kung ano talaga ang role ng TIPC” (In behalf of the officers, I am extending my warmest gratitude for having this kind of activity in which we finally realized the role of TIPC).

End/Emmanuel Antonio P. Portugal Jr.