ORIENTAL MINDORO – DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office headed by Engr. Juliana H. Ortega facilitated two successive activities for the strengthening and reorganization of the Oriental Mindoro Provincial Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (PTIPC).  For this purpose, the tripartite sectors – the workers, the employers and the government partners – were convened in Calapan City on 23 April 2019.   Another batch of workers and employers under the Tourism Industry Tripartite Council (TITC) attended the same activity in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro on 25 April 2019. These tripartite activities registered a combined total of 206 participants, 48% (99) comprised the employers, 38% (78) the workers, and 14% (29) the government.  Their presence enabled them to share their tripartite views and recommendations on workplace matters affecting labor and management relations such as workers’ attitude, skills development and the like.

As envisioned, tripartism, which was organized as early as the year 2001 in the province, was reengineered to sustain industrial harmony in the province. This entails the creation of committees to address various concerns on occupational safety and health, skills development and professionalism, wages and livelihood, career and employment, efficiency, integrity and monitoring, industry, and unionism and labor-management cooperation.

DOLE Regional Director Joel M. Gonzales explained this concept in Puerto Galera while Mr. Philip D. Ruga, Division Chief of Technical Support Services Division, introduced the same in Calapan City.  This obtained the participants’ support and anticipation towards a better labor relations climate in the province.  They look forward to stronger tripartism as a more effective mechanism to address both workers and employers’ issues and concerns under the tripartite platform.

As a token of support, a Resolution No. 001, Series of 2019, entitled “Re-engineering/Innovating Tripartism in Oriental Mindoro Designed to Promote, Achieve and Maintain Industrial Peace in the Province Thru Committee Creation” was approved by all in attendance.   A follow through action in the creation of tripartite committees will take place soon.

Election of new set of officers also formed part of the activity.  Results are as follows:

Provincial Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (PTIPC)

Name of Officer Position
Vice Chairman for Management Dr. Carl Balita (Mahalta Resort)
Vice Chairman for Labor Mr. Aljon Villas (CALSEDECO)
Council Secretary Dr. Rosalie Bautista (ACLC College of Calapan)
Council Treasurer Dr. Rowena Rodriguez (ACLC College of Calapan)
Council Auditor Mr. Melchor Vanguardia (MTV Accounting Firm)
Council PRO for Management Mr. Norberto Cardiño (ORMECO)
Council PRO for Labor Ms. Bernadette Romero (Calapan Waterworks)

Tourism Industrial Tripartite Council (TITC)



Name of Officer

Vice Chairman for Management Ms. Sheilamae A. Calzolari (Luca Cucina)
Vice Chairman for Labor Mr. Louie D. Cataquis (Lalaguna Holdings)
Council Secretary Ms. Angie M. Robles (El Galleon)
Council Treasurer Ms. Rhuby Soderstrom (El Galleon)
Council Auditor Ms. Lolita D. Datinguinoo (Sea Jewel Resort)
Council PRO for Management Ms. Ma. Jenny Luz F. Malaluan (Atlantis Resort)
Council PRO for Labor Mr. Patrick Villanueva (Dreamwave Resort)

Towards the end of the day, Ms. Mari-jo L. Cordova, DOLE Senior Labor and Employment Officer, presented the salient features of Department Order No. 198, Series of 2018, as the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11058 entitled “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof.”   This shed light on the new requirements for workplace safety and health standards for compliance of all establishments in the private sector.

Understanding this point, the two (2) batches of participants separately approved another resolution, entitled “Complying Faithfully with the New Occupational Safety and Health Law under Republic Act No. 11058 and DOLE Department Order (DO) No. 198, Series of 2018.”  Interestingly, such commitment was solicited from the employers and the workers through tripartism.

Pursuant to Article 290 (as renumbered) of the Philippine Labor Code, as amended by Republic Act No. 395, tripartism is declared as a State policy to act as an effective mechanism to address various concerns, social and economic issues, among the tripartite sectors – the government, the workers and the employers.  It is through this setting that tripartite views, recommendations and proposals on labor, economic, and social concerns are explored in the promotion of industrial peace.

End/Mari-jo L. Cordova