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DOLE, TIPCs consult stakeholders in Region 9

Zamboanga City (16 February) -- Consultation Conferences were conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Region IX and the Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils (TIPCs) to shed light on the current issues and concerns especially on Global Financial Crisis affecting the tri-sectors the Labor-Management-Government.

In Zamboanga City, a consultation conference among contractors/sub-contractors and their principals was conducted to discuss issues on Department Order No. 18-02 (D.O. 18-02), the proposed amendments and the effects of Global Financial Crisis (GFC) specifically on local and overseas employment.

A total of seventy eight (78) attendees coming from the labor, management, and government offices convened for the purpose on February 5, 2009 at Astoria Hotel, this City.

In his message, Zamboanga City Mayor Celso L. Lobregat emphasized that: "the City is enjoying the stability in the economic and industrial condition of the private establishments and investors and no labor strikes neither labor disputes with the employers reported". But at the same time, he recognized that "economic crisis may hit the labor sectors but the purpose of this consultation is to discuss measures towards a common goal, and outputs that will prepare the City for the worse scenario."

Atty. Cesar M. Petate, of the Bureau of Labor Relations, DOLE Central Office, presented the Amendments to D.O. 18-02, on the registration of contractors and sub-contractors. He also presented the DOLE Interventions on the Global Financial Crisis as its safety net and as a safe guard measure.

The same consultation was also conducted in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay, on February 06, 2009 which was attended by forty nine (49) participants representing the labor, management, and government offices.

Another Consultation Conference on Self-Assessment under Department Order 57-04 or the Labor Standards Enforcement Framework was conducted with twenty-one (21) employers and employer representatives. An open forum stirred up the discussion to clarify issues that concerns the following: voluntary compliance with General Labor Standards (GLS) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Standards; re-employment of displaced/affected workers relative to the implementation of the TUlong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged workers (TUPAD) and the DOLE Adjustment Measures Program (DOLE-AMP) that will provide "emergency employment"; and the provision of non-wage benefits to the affected workers.

Also discussed was Department Advisory No. 2 on Flexible Work Arrangements issued last January 30, 2009 by the DOLE Secretary, Hon. Marianito D. Roque to guide employers and workers in the private sector in implementing mutually acceptable work schedules as a measure against the adverse effect of the global financial crisis.

DOLE-IX Regional Director Ponciano M. Ligutom directed the New Quick Response Team (NQRT) to visit establishments wanting to adopt flexible work arrangements and validate whether their adoption is in accordance with the DOLE Advisory. Director Ligutom further ordered the NQRT to conduct continuing consultations/dialogues with management and workers to prevent job losses.

Meanwhile, in relation to the Department's efforts to address the impact of GFC, consultation workshops were simultaneously conducted among rubber and coconut industry players in the Provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Norte, respectively, on February 9, 2009.

The consultations were aimed at identifying issues/concerns and problems as a result of Global financial Crisis, the effects, and suggested actions and/or recommendations to address them. The outputs generated from the pre-consultation workshops will be used as inputs to the "Multi-Sectoral Conference for GFC-Affected Workers in Selected Agri-based Industries" on February 13-14, 2009 in Davao City. (DOLE9/PIA-BASULTA) [top]

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