Tripartite partners recommend grassroots labor education PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 03 November 2010 14:42

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said yesterday the Department of Labor and Employment’s tripartite partners have recommended that education and training on labor laws be simplified and delivered to workers and the common tao at the barangay or grassroots level to complement the government’s thrust of achieving "universal" access to relevant and appropriate labor market information and in promoting employment and a culture of voluntary compliance on labor standards.

Baldoz said the recommendation was one of the salient points presented in the course of the multipartite island-wide consultations in preparation for the National Summit on Labor and Employment (NLSE) slated to be held in December.

“There is a broad consensus emerging at the pre-Summit consultations and one of this is that there is a need to bring down to the level of the barangay the DOLE’s education and training on labor laws services to make them easily understandable to our people,” Baldoz said.

Our direction is going to that proposal,” she added.

The consultations were conducted at the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City, Pampanga on Oct. 21-22 for Luzon; in Davao City on Oct. 26-27 for Mindanao; and in Cebu City on Oct. 28-29 for the Visayas.

The NLSE aims to produce a comprehensive Labor and Employment Agenda, and to forge a Philippine Jobs Pact toward achieving inclusive growth in the country. It also aims to formulate a Human Resource Development Agenda.

Baldoz emphasized that the Summit, on the theme, “Developing our human resources, promoting full and productive employment, and ensuring social protection for all,” will highlight the DOLE’s efforts in pursuing the 22-point labor and employment agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III, particularly its overarching goal to “invest in our country’s top resource, our human resource, to make us more competitive and employable while promoting industrial peace based on social justice.”

The Summit will be guided by the four pillars in the field of labor and employment, which are human resources development (HRD), employment, social protection, labor relations and labor law reforms.

Baldoz said that the recommendations and inputs of the multipartite stakeholders, including those from the private sector, the youth, civil society, industries, and other sectors, shall serve as basis in the formulation of the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan for the Medium Term Philippine Development Plan for 2011-2016.