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Tuesday, 12 September 2023

DOLE-13 leads reg'l tripartite congress

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Caraga conducted the first Caraga Regional Tripartite Congress on September 8, 2023 at Almont Inland Hotel, this city, wherein some forty-eight representatives from the management sector and sixty-nine participants from the labor sector attended the said event.

The regional congress was attended by DOLE Undersecretary Benedicto Ernesto R. Bitonio Jr., as he led the induction of officers of the Caraga Regional Tripartite Industrial Council Members, Construction Industry Tripartite Council, Private Security Agencies and General Contractors Services Industry Tripartite Council, and the Public Employment Service Office Managers Association of the Philippines - Caraga. Subsequently, Safety Milestone (SMILE) Award was given to ten companies for achieving excellent performance by having no lost time accident (NLTA) for at least one year. 

In his opening message, Caraga Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council Chairperson and DOLE Caraga Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao, shared that the presence of the participants in the regional congress is a testament of their continued commitment to social dialogue. 

“This Congress is a manifestation of our resolve to work together in creating and enabling an environment where the fundamental principles and rights at work are promoted, respected, and exercised. Our government cannot do it alone, your voice and greater involvement are vital in the provision of meaningful solutions to our issues and concerns,” Director Suyao added. 

Undersecretary Bitonio, in his message, also emphasized to the participants that the challenge of tripartism is for the conflict and separate interest of workers, employers, and government be intermediated and be reconciled to come up with a meaningful and workable common approach to problems. 

“I want to underscore the importance of responsibility in making use of the mechanism not to air problems, but to solve them,” added Bitonio. 

Anchored on the theme, “Enabling Harmonious Labor-Management Environment through Tripartism,” the regional congress highlighted plenary sessions on Labor and Employment Plan 2023-2028 presented by Adeline T. de Castro, director of Planning Service; Role of Tripartite Partners Towards Synergistic and Proactive Compliance to Labor Laws discussed by Atty. Alvin B. Curada, director of the Bureau of Working Conditions; and Priorities on Tripartism shared by Atty. Maria Consuelo S. Bacay, director of the Bureau of Labor Relations.

Kenneth H. Salinas, special sector representative of the Children’s Organization expressed his appreciation to DOLE Caraga for organizing the regional congress and encouraged all members to work together towards a brighter future of Caraga. “Together, we can transform our dreams into reality and create a future that is prosperous, equitable, and sustainable for all,” Salinas said.

A Manifesto was passed by the general members of the Caraga Regional Tripartite Council to strengthen social dialogue as a means to foster an enabling environment for the realization of decent work for all. (LDS,LEO III/ALI/PIA-Caraga)