OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental, October 20 – Twenty five key players from the emerging Coconut Industry Tripartite Council (CITC) in Misamis Occidental held a special meeting called by Department of Labor and Employment Misamis Occidental Provincial Field Office (MOPF) in Oroquieta City on 7 October 2016.
MOPF Director Leonardo G. Rodrigo obtained to the attendees the importance of the Voluntary Code of Good Practices (VCGP) under the Industry Tripartite Council (ITC) in its role in maintaining industrial peace in the province, and further presented the final draft of the CITC as a significant tool to achieve the current administration’s thrusts to facilitate employment relative to DOLE’s employment plan.
Rodrigo also informed the attendees of the council’s essential roles in the growing industry that pledges to provide continued improvements as a major contributor in the economic development of the region and as an employment generator.
Prior to finalizing, stakeholders reviewed the CITC VCGP and addressed issues and concerns to Glenford C. Labial, senior labor and employment officer, who presented its main features.
Included features are conditions of work; general labor standards; occupational safety and health; labor-management relations; social protection; human relations and productivity; and corporate citizenship and community relations.
Among the issues that will be threshed out in the succeeding meetings are skills and tools enhancement of the farmers; provision of trainings; farm to market roads; tenant-owner agreement; among others.
The council members include the following: Paglaum Cooperative; Third Millennium Oil Mills, Inc.; Ozamiz Manufacturing Corporation; Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), Philippine Coconut Authority, Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry, National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB); Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB); local government units of Misamis Occidental, Department of Evironment and Natural Resources, Commission on Information and Communication Technology (CITC), and National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).
The CITC thanked DOLE-10 for strengthening the council and its VCGP, respectively with the hope of allowing them to improve their living standards.
To them CITC will be a venue for resolution of issues that affect the industry, as well as a resilient structure to push for support from other agencies as well as a venue for social dialogue in all forms of negotiation, consultation, exchange of information, views between and among representatives of employers, workers, governments and other social partners.
Highlighting said activity was the formulation of the 2017 plan of action which comprises the council’s 1st summit; participation of the labor day celebration; display of by-products; holding of learning sessions; and benchmarking. (GCL/DOLE-10)