DOLE 10 holds 1st tripartite industrial council summit

As mechanism of an effective information network specifically on labor relations issues and industry configurations, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) region 10 held the first Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC) Summit with the theme, “Social Collaboration: A Key to Sustainable Development” in Cagayan de Oro City.

It aimed to promote active participation of workers and employers in partnership and development in view of the DOLE Department Order No. 140 series of 2014 in the creation and institutionalization of RTIPCs.

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DOLE-X Regional Director lawyer Joffrey M. Suyao thanked the estimated 150 management and labor representatives from the different Industrial Tripartite Councils (ITCs) in the region. He ensured that the forum will elicit a common understanding on the newest labor and employment policies, issuances on labor relations and labor standards to sustain industrial peace. From thence, social-economic development in Northern Mindanao would have become irrepressible.  


The Labor Code states the promotion of tripartism as a State policy in labor-management relations. It endeavors to ensure full participation of workers and employers, in various decision and policy-making bodies of the government. As such, this Department has created Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils both at the national and regional level pursuant to Republic Act No. 10395.

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Director Suyao emphasized that the new administration’s direction is to undertake economic and social reforms in reconstituting RTIPCs, expanding membership of the labor workers’ sector to include the Public, Informal, Migrant, Women, and Youth in accordance with the nomination and selection procedure set under Rule VII, Section 1 of said D.O. 140-14 on Strengthening Tripartism, amending for the purpose Article 275 of Presidential Decree No. 442, or the Labor Code of the Philippines, as amended. 

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Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR) Director IV Atty. Benjo Santos M. Benavidez and Dr. Teresita S. Cucueco of the Bureau of Working Conditions were among the guest speakers who presented Department Order 140-14 and Updates on BLR Programs and Services; and Department Order 183-17 on the Revised Rules on the Administration Enforcement of Labor Laws Pursuant to Article 128 of the Labor Code and other newly issued issuances on Labor Standards and Occupational Safety and Health, respectively.

 

The newly appointed members of the RTIPC in Region 10 were sworn to office during the event administered by Dir. Benavidez, as follows: 

 

ORGANIZATION

OFFICER’S NAME

SECTOR

Labor Sector

 

 

Federation of Democratic Labor Organization

Atty. Gregorio A. Pizarro

Formal

Alliance of Labor Union-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP)

Nicandro L. Borja

Formal

All Workers Alliance Trade Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (AWATU-TUCP)

Engr. Milbert M. Macarambon

Formal

Federation of Free Workers

Lorenzo C. Tongco

Formal

NAFLU-KMU

Tita L. Hadman

Formal

Migrant Ministry of Arch. Of Cagayan de Oro City

Rev. Msgr. Eutiquiano M. Legitimas, SSJV, HP

Migrant Workers

Tingog sa Kalasang (TISAKA)

Eleony A. Monding

Women

Barug Kabatan-unan (BARUG)

Kenneth Lee Piloton

Youth

Federation of Cagayan de Oro City Barangay Women Development Council (FCOOC-BWDC, Inc.)

Janet C. Floirendo

Workers Association

Management Sector

 

 

Granexport Manufacturing, Corp.

Rebecca V. Inubio

Workers

A. Brown Company, Inc.

Vivien M. Lawansa

Workers

J3 Trainers and Consultants 

Josephine T. Ortiz

Workers

Concentrix Philippines

Norwena I. Acharon

Services Industry

Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan

Ma. Soledad DF Amir

Academe Industry

LGU Cagayan de Oro City 

Mayor Oscar S. Moreno 

Public

DOLE-X

Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao

Public

 

The Summit agreed to further collective efforts to pursue sustainable economic growth, economic stability and unity among stakeholders while ensuring social cohesion and quality employment. Also discussed were impact on previous year’s actions and next steps towards improved management – labor relations as a strategy to strengthen/sustain social partnership. This was emphasized to improve effective and efficient implementation of DOLE deliverables and services.

 

Attendees raised issues and concerns on productivity incentives, collective bargaining agreement and general labor standards, which were promptly addressed during the forum. (Glenford C. Labial/Sr. LEO/DOLE-10)

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4ID welcomes new battalion

Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deployed an additional peacekeeping battalion to the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) today, January 10, 2018, in an effort to allay fears of the people in Northern Mindanao on the threats posed by the terrorists NPA.

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The 65th Infantry (Stalwart) Battalion of the 9th Infantry Division, Philippine Army headed by Ltc Richard B Rabaca was formally welcomed at the Headquarters of the 4th Infantry Division. Aside from their traditional military operations against threat groups, the 500 strong soldiers boost the army’s capability in responding to natural and manmade calamities.

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The deployment of 65IB would help hasten 4th infantry Division’s operations to defeat the terrorist NPA. The full might of the battalion shall be employed against armed terrorist, while the battalion will also initiate community-based dialogues to enlighten the members of illegal secret associations organized by the terrorist NPAs in the villages.

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On behalf of MGen Ronald Villanueva, 4th Division commander, the assistant Division commander for Operations, BGen Cristobal Zaragoza, warmly welcomed the officers, men, and women of 65th Inf Bn as he reminded them to maintain the Army’s highest standard of discipline as well as perform with excellence their mandate of protecting the people against all threats.

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He said, “To all of you, soldiers of this battalion, we expect that you will always bear the professionalism as you execute your tasks. We support the intent of our Commander-in-Chief to protect the state and the people. Again, be reminded that you have to perform only your duty as a disciplined soldier.”

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“Build bridges from among the people, earn their respect and gain friends. There is no room for any Human Rights violations. We have already gained an immeasurable people’s support in this part of the country. Don’t let one mistake destroy what we have sacrificed for our Country.” BGen Zaragoza underlined. (4ID/PA)

Kapatagan town bags first in LanaoNorte Christmas Float Fest

Eight municipalities plus one from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) competed in the first ever Paskuhan sa Lanao del Norte Cristmas Float  Competition.

Three were adjudged top-most winners, with the municipality of Kapatagan as champion. Prizes at stake for the winners are checks amounting to P250,000, P200,000 and P150,000 for the first, second and third place, respectively.

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Spearheaded by the Office of the Governor, in collaboration with the Provincial Tourism Office, the activity is a friendly competition showcasing artistry from each municipality, expressing their unique identity depicting their town’s tourist attraction, said Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Q. Dimaporo.

“Our ultimate goal is to feel the spirit of celebrating this yuletide season despite our response of attending to the needs or providing temporary shelter to families who are victims of the Marawi siege,” said the governor.

Except for the 5th Mechanized Infantry Battalion of the AFP as one entrée, the eight entrees are all from the coastal towns. Non-winning towns include Baroy, Tubod, Kolambugan, Maigo, Kauswagan and they all received P50,000 each.

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The month-long celebration started last December 8, in a Christmas Float Parade around the premise of the Mindanao Civic Center Sports Complex and displayed at the grounds for its first judging. The culmination was on January 5, 2018, with top three winners declared.

Local chief executives representing their respective towns were in attendance in the culmination. Mayor Benjie Y. Baguio received the award for Kapatagan known for their Kahumayan Festival, while Mayor Alan J. Lim of Lala town known for their Alimango Festival, and Linamon known for Hudyaka sa Lubi Festival was headed by Mayor Randy J. Macapil.

Officials and employees from the Provincial government and local as well, including the Congressional District Representative, and other spectators witnessed the program and the awarding ceremony. The awarding was held at the open field of MCC Sports Complex. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN/PIO LDN)

Army hits NPA terrorists in Bukidnon

Troops under the 403rd Infantry Brigade scores one dead, several wounded, and one AK47 recovered against the New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists at the outskirts of Sitio Mahan-aw, Brgy Bulonay, Impasugong town, Bukidnon around 5:30 p.m., January 5, 2018.

“We have been proactively monitoring their (NPA terrorists) activities in the area with the help of the concerned citizens and we caught them this time,” said BGen Eric Vinoya, 403rd Brigade commander.

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He also said that sad to say that because of the selfish interest of the terrorists’ leadership, who victimize and lure innocent people to join their money making group, one NPA has to die.

The recovered dead NPA will be turned over to the local government unit for identification and to facilitate its burial.

For his part, MGen Ronald C Villanueva, 4th Infantry Division (4ID) commander commended the troops.

Villanueva said, “I congratulate our troops for successfully protecting this peaceful community against this terror group. This shall serve as a stern warning to all other NPA terrorists in Northern Mindanao and Caraga Regions. Surrender now or face the consequences of your evil activities.”

There will be no let up on our operation to hunt down the remaining terrorist members in this part of the country, he said.

As of press time, troops are still conducting pursuit and clearing operations in the area. (4ID/PA)

New major activities highlight Kuyamis Festival 2018

Two major activities for Kuyamis Festival 2018—Farmer’s Market every Friday and Search for Miss Gay 2018 were added as highlights to the celebration other than the usual search for Miss Kuyamis, and Booth Making Contest at the Capitol grounds.

Governor Bambi Emano announced this during the opening program. He said that the opening of the annual Kuyamis Festival 2018 in Misamis Oriental is a success even as he commended the formerly Provincial Tourism Office, now a the Provincial Tourism Department of the Capitol for a job very well done.

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The governor extended gratitude to the people who spent time and effort in coming to Misamis Oriental to join the biggest celebration as the highlight of the commemoration of the 88th Year Founding Anniversary of the province.

Further, he is grateful to the people of Misamis Oriental for welcoming with open hands the development  programs this present administration has been introducing for the betterment of the province. As the province celebrates it’s 88th year founding anniversary, he is expecting further support from the people to push forward Misamis Oriental.

He said that it has been the dream of this present administration to eliminate poverty through his flagship program, tourism development to boost economic advancement, peace, unity and progress.

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Meanwhile, he said local and foreign tourists alike can visit and enjoy the display of local produce of 23 towns and two cities in Misamis Oriental at its strenuously crafted booths at the Capitol grounds which will be judged according to creativity and design.

Governor Emano also awarded during the opening the winners of the Kuyamis Festival 2018 Street Dancing competition. The winners are: Municipality of Initao (Champion, 90.6 percent) receiving P50,000 cash and trophy; Municipality of Tagoloan (2nd Placer, 89.4 percent), P40,000 cash and trophy; Municipality of Jasaan (3rd Placer, 87.2 percent), P30,000 cash and trophy.

Special awards that include Best in Choreography is bagged by the municipality of Tagoloan and Best in Costume by the municipality of Initao.

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Other contenders include the municipalities of Manticao, Libertad and Lagonglong.

“I congratulate the winner of this year’s street dancing competition. You are all wonderful. For me, you are all winners because somehow you have been a part of our efforts to promote our province by showcasing your talents not only to the country but to whole world as well. It really made me glad to see people working hard and participate in this annual celebration. Thank you for taking part in this year’s Kuyamis Festival 2018 celebration,” governor Emano said. (PIO)

Farmers market in Capitol pushed

Weekly display of local products soon at the Capitol.

Governor Bambi Emano bared during the opening of Kuyamis Festival 2018 he is pushing for the establishment of a farmer’s market within the Capitol grounds starting next week where local produce of farmers in Misamis Oriental province are displayed, promoted and sold to public fresh and affordable.

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He said local products would include organic and inorganic livestock, vegetables and fruits.

“For the first quarter this year, 25 percent of the products to be displayed, promoted and sold would be organic and 75 percent inorganic. During the second quarter, it would be 50 percent organic and 50 percent inorganic. In the third quarter, would be 75 percent organic and in the fourth quarter, will be 100 percent organic,” the governor said.

He further said the Provincial Government would be the one to transport the products from the farms to the Capitol.

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“I am inviting COHARA (Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association) and the Department of Tourism (DOT-10) especially those hotels and restaurants looking for organic products to patronize our farmer’s market in the Capitol,” governor Emano said. (PIO)

Fireworks related injuries drop low in region 10 – DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) region 10 revealed during a press conference on ‘Iwas Paputok’ Surveillance on 5 January 218 that there has been a big drop in the number of fireworks related injuries this year as opposed to previous years in Northern Mindanao.

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Dr. David Mendoza of DOH shared that there were only 10 recorded fireworks related injuries in region 10 during the holidays:  six in Bukidnon, two in Misamis Occidental, one in Cagayan de Oro City and one in Iligan City.

However, he said that although there is a big drop this year, number one cause is still piccolo, a type of firecracker that is illegal in the country and that the median case were 10 years old and below. He added that there has to be more aggressive implementation of the law regarding this particular firecracker and parents should be more cautious to let children roam or use firecrackers.

Meanwhile, other firecrackers that caused injuries include fountain and improvised canon. These injuries are blast/burn no amputation, eye injury and gunshot wound.

DOH 10 Regional Director Nimfa Torrizo shared that among the efforts that have contributed to the drop of fireworks related injuries this year is the advocacy and implementation of local government units of the reinforced Executive Order 28 of President Rodrigo Duterte or providing for the Regulation and Control of the Use of Firecrackers and other Pyrotechnic Devices.

For instance, Cagayan de Oro City has put up designated fireworks display areas. Further, she said that this Executive Order 28 of President Duterte has really put an impact in celebrating the holiday season this year with low fireworks related injuries.

Although there has been a drop this year, DOH has remained prepared and ready for any emergencies. Government health services in the region had been ready all throughout. Torrizo is also urging all those who have not consulted the hospital for any firecracker injuries to aid tetanus infection. She explained that this is highly fatal disease if not given right medication. She added that government clinics and hospitals give free tetanus toxoid for all those unreported injuries this holiday season. (JMOR/PIA10)