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.

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.


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. 


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: 





Labor Sector



Federation of Democratic Labor Organization

Atty. Gregorio A. Pizarro


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

Nicandro L. Borja


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

Engr. Milbert M. Macarambon


Federation of Free Workers

Lorenzo C. Tongco



Tita L. Hadman


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


Barug Kabatan-unan (BARUG)

Kenneth Lee Piloton


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


A. Brown Company, Inc.

Vivien M. Lawansa


J3 Trainers and Consultants 

Josephine T. Ortiz


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 



Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao



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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