In Region 12, DOLE and Industry Tripartite Council move fast to address labor laws compliance challenges in fishing industry

Date Posted: September 1st, 2014 02:20 AM


In Region 12, DOLE and Industry Tripartite Council move fast to address labor laws compliance challenges in fishing industry Moving quickly to build on the gains and the public goodwill that the fishing, canning, aquaculture production, and allied services sector has built and achieved last week during the industry-wide labor laws compliance assessment in General Santos City, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 12 under Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo and the officers and members of the Industry Tripartite Council on Fishing, Fish Canning, Aquaculture Production, and Allied Services have met and discussed over the weekend the results of the assessment. "The occasion, the ITC's 7th quarterly meeting was, convened with the end in view of encouraging member-companies that had not been issued yet their certificates of compliance to avail of the DOLE's 'toolbox' of technical assistance and services to enable them to compliance," said Director Domingo. A total of 94 participant-representatives from workers and management attended the quarterly meeting. On hand to discuss the services offered by the DOLE under the labor laws compliance systems are officials of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board, Employees Compensation Commission, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, and the National Reintegration Center for OFWs. Seeing DOLE’s commitment to assist the industry, Eric Du of the Umbrella Fish Landing Association and one of the member-associations of the Socsksargen Federation of Fishing and Allied Industries, Inc., moved for the creation of a Technical Working Group (TWG) to look further into the details of the issues and challenges facing the fishing industry. "We have to move fast," he said and got the ITC to agree to TWG's first meeting on 12 September. Franco B. Meting, human resource manager of RDEX Food International, Inc., one of the companies that was issued a certificate of compliance at the industry-wide assessment last week, took the occasion to share his company’s best practices through a brief video presentation showing how RDEX exercises corporate responsibility in conserving the country's sea resources. Since its re-activation over a year ago, the ITC-Fishing, Fish Canning, Aquaculture Production, and Allied Services, chaired by the DOLE regional director, has been meeting regularly not just to consult but to formulate collective action to address issues and concerns prevailing in the industry and to sustain dialogue towards harmonious labor-management relations. Impressed by the heavy members' presence at the meeting, Baldoz expressed optimism for stakeholders in the fishing industry in Region 12 to address prevailing issues on their own with the support of the DOLE. “The stakeholders' full cooperation during the industry-wide labor laws compliance assessment and their willingness to voluntary comply with all labor laws are clear manifestation of their strong support in helping us strengthen the promotion of social partnership to provide stable, equitable, and harmonious employment relations and enhance productivity in the fishing and allied industries in SOCSKSARGEN area,” Baldoz said. END(Apborela/DOLE GENSAN Field Office)

Created Oct 20th 2014, 17:38


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