EL NIDO, PALAWAN – The Department of Labor and Employment MIMAROPA through Palawan Field Office conducted Tripartite Social Dialogue with focus on Voluntary Regularization and other Latest Labor Laws and Relevant Issuances held on 03 October 2019 at Jurias Pension and Restaurant.

This activity is in line with the Eight-Point Labor and Employment Agenda of DOLE Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III in which the department is tasked to formulate and administer policies and programs pertaining to the protection, welfare and advancement of Filipino workers ensuring inclusive development, prosperity and labor justice for Filipino workers and their families.

Social dialogue series is being conducted all over MIMAROPA Region to encourage employers to voluntarily regularize workers; prevent employers from engaging labor-only contracting and prohibited arrangements; capacitate the participants through information dissemination of the latest mandate/issuances of the Department; enhance knowledge of TIPC participants with the directives of the DOLE Administration specifically on the compliance with Labor Laws, and, orient employers regarding labor and Employment Education Services e-Learning portal. This undertaking proved to be effective in workers’ regularization as evident of the rising number of employers gradually regularizing their manpower assets.

DOLE MIMAROPA TSSD Chief Philip D. Ruga discussed Articles 106-109 of the Labor Code of the Philippines and Department Order No. 174, s. 2017 as he encouraged employers to voluntarily regularize their employees in order to facilitate industrial peace in the workplace. Likewise, he pointed out that employers can exercise their management prerogatives provided that their policies and actions are being made in accordance with the Labor Code and other related labor issuances. This realization shows equal rights for both employer and employee sectors.

Moreover, the following topics were presented during the activity by the selected DOLE Palawan staff: (1) Guidelines in the Conduct of Voluntary Regularization (Labor Advisory 6-17) and Unemployment Insurance of Involuntary Separation Benefit (Sec. 14-B of RA 11199) – Anna Dominique C. Magbanua; (2) Occupational Safety and Health Law (RA 11058) and Labor and Employment Education Services e-Learning Program) – Renell G. Mayo; (3) 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Law (RA 11210) and Rationalizing the Implementation of Family Welfare Program (D.O. 56, s. 2003) – Azenette M. Quiaoit-Solina.

This one-day activity was attended by 150 employers and employees.

End/Renell G. Mayo