DOLE-9 bats for convergence strategy to improve industry workers’ conditions in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:21

By DOMINIC I. SANCHEZ

 

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-9 here has introduced a strategy to improve industry workers’ conditions and enhance their productivity in their workplaces during the recent launching of the Labor Management Cooperation (LMC) Convergence Program at the LM Metro Hotel here with players from the canning and fishing industry in attendance.

As stipulated in its guidelines, LMC emphasizes that “all plant-level DOLE programs and services shall be delivered through one plant-level structure.” Programs on workers’ productivity, occupational safety and health, family welfare, grievances and labor laws compliance shall now be coursed through one single mechanism through organized plant-level committees. This structure will also handle all worker-related concerns and issues at the workplace level.

The guidelines also emphasized that the programs “shall be converged to address decent work deficits, foster harmonious labor-management relationships and industrial peace, and increase productivity and competitiveness of enterprise.”

“The different programs of the department will be anchored here,” explained DOLE regional director Sisinio Cano. “Each of the workplaces will have this mechanism. We will make use of this vehicle to be able to deliver the programs to the workers and provide them with social protection such as PAGIBIG, PhilHealth, social security, productivity and others.”

Upon the establishment of this mechanism at the plant level, DOLE will conduct regular monitoring to see if it is sustained. Companies that have adopted and sustained the strategy, shall be awarded with a certificate of compliance by the DOLE.

Meanwhile, the DOLE has partnered with the agencies comprising the DOLE family such as the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Regional Tripartite Wage Productivity Board (RTWPB), Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) and others, as well as with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) to realize the convergence.

One of the strategy’s goals is to have more competent and productive workers. For this purpose, the TESDA shall conduct industry-based trainings and certifications of the workers in preparation for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) integration. “It is the national government’s aim to certify our workers. This will add credence to them, signifying that we have quality workers at par with their counterparts in other ASEAN countries.”

Similar orientations will also be done for other local industries.

“Through this strategy, we will be able to foster a more harmonious relationship between the workers and the management,” said Cano. “If we have a peaceful workplace, we will have more productive workers.” — FPG/DIS/PIA9-Zamboanga City