In pursuant to Administrative Order No. 263 series of 2011 issued by the Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda D. Baldoz, directing all Regional Directors to create a Regional Tripartite Monitoring Body in their respective Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils pursuant to TIPC Resolution No. 3, Series of 2011, entitled: “Constituting a Subcommittee in the RTIPCs as Regional Tripartite Monitoring Body (RTMB) on the Application and Implementation of International Labor Standards, in particular ILO Convention No. 87 on the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize”, was the main purpose of the gathering.
DOLE 9 Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano in his opening message emphasized the importance of the activity, in line with the mandate of government to mitigate labor dispute specifically, in the private sector. He said, “the DOLE in coordination with other partner agencies is tasked to strengthen industrial peace and maintain favorable environment for economic activity in the region. Thus, convergence through the creation of the Regional Tripartite Monitoring Body will ensure implementation of Conventions 87, Freedom of Association & 98, Right to Organize and Collective Bargaining. It’s through this effort that incidents of violations against workers could be properly documented.” He encouraged the attendees to ensure collaborative efforts as to the proposed functions to be agreed by the RTMB in cognizance to their respective agencies’ mandates and thrusts. “DOLE alone can not be effective in this endeavor without the convergence support and efforts of the public and private partners upholding the tripartism principle.” Director Cano said.
There were various resource persons who handled different topics for the participants to be aware of the parameter of services and protocols of the partner-agencies: The ILO Conventions 87 & 98/Operational Guidelines of the TIPC Monitoring Body was discussed by Engr. Wesley D. Tan, OIC of Isabela City Office. B.General Celestino C. Pereyra of the Air Force of the Philippines discussed on the Initiatives in Enhancing Culture of Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, and the Rules of Law and Guidelines of the Rule and Conduct of AFP Personnel during Labor Disputes; Atty. Obil S. Dahap, Jr. of the Philippine National Police discussed the PNP Standards Operating Procedures, Human Rights Program and Remedies in Case of Violations; and topic on the Human Rights Programs and Services for the Workers in Private Sector was thoroughly discussed by Atty. Faith Suzette D. Kong of the Commission on Human Rights.
Also, during this activity that the creation and composition of the ZamPen RTMB was decided, and the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC) served as the Chair; with the following partners from: Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 9, Coordinating Committee (DOLE9-RCC); Philippine National Police (PNP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Department of Justice (DOJ); Commission on Human Rights (CHR); and the ZamPen Labor Union Officer’s Club.
While initial plans for the year 2012 were drafted, the Incentivizing Compliance Program was also presented to the participants for information and guidance. About forty (40) participants attended the said activity.