by Pamela R. Babalcon

A total of eighty three (83) participants from the labor and management sectors attended this year’s first area-wide seminar dubbed “Conference on DOLE Convergence of Programs with SSS and PHILHEALTH in Partnership with the Region Eight Labor-Management Cooperation Practitioners League (RELAMACOP)” held on April 12, 2019 at Patio Victoria, Tacloban City.

The conference, which was spearheaded by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board is anchored on the theme “Improved Productivity and Industrial Peace: Pathways to Decent Work and Social Protection.” The activity seeks to inform participants on the significant developments in the area of labor relations, productivity and social protection programs.

“We are overwhelmed with the support we received from our partners in the area,” said NCMB Executive Director Maria Teresita Cancio who talked on the Labor-Management Cooperation (LMC) Program of the NCMB. “We are hoping that our participants will apply the additional lessons learned in this conference when they go back to their workplace,” she added.

Aside from LMC, programs on productivity, security of tenure, occupational safety and health, employees’ compensation, and recent updates on the Social Security and Philhealth Law were discussed to address decent work deficits, increase productivity and competitiveness of enterprises and foster harmonious labor-management relationships and industrial peace.

The activity is in line with DOLE Administrative Order No. 47, series of 2015 mandating all plant-level DOLE programs and services to be delivered through one-plant level structure, which is the LMC or any Workplace Cooperation and Partnership (WCP) structure.