“There is no doubt that if we work together we can make Makati and Pasay the best place to work and do business. Hopefully we can inspire other localities to do the same until such time when it will be much easy to do business in the entire country, and the Philippines will thus become the prime business destination in Asia and the rest of the world.”
These were the words of Mayor Jejomar Erwin S. Binay, Jr., when he addressed the tripartite partners during the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the revitalization and strengthening of the Makati-Pasay Tripartite Industrial Peace Council held recently at the Sampiro Hall of the Makati City Hall.
The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region through its Makati-Pasay Field Office under the leadership of Director Nelson C. Hornilla, spearheads the undertaking in support of the labor and employment agenda of President Benigno C. Aquino III. The TIPC serves as a mechanism to address labor and employment issues affecting the industries coming from both cities.
“As the DOLE relentlessly pursues to strengthen the ties among management, labor and government, inevitably it faces many challenges ahead and sometimes we hit them head on. The key is to always stand on a common ground and this is achieved through social dialogue. As we aspire to strengthen and sustain the ties between labor and management, let us unite as a solid force and bring our voices together in identifying strategic means to accomplish the objectives we have identified.” said DOLE-NCR Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante.
The event gathered a diverse mix of management and labor union representatives from industries like hospital, hotel and restaurant, manufacturing, banking and finance and business process outsourcing operating within the area.
Mayors Junjun Binay of Makati and Antonino Calixto of Pasay, consider this as an early Christmas present as this MUO signing represents a lasting gift for both cities which will pave the way for better relationship among government, labor and management sectors making working relations more harmonious and beneficial to all. DOLE-NCR Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante chairs the tripartite council with Mayors Binay and Calixto as co-chair.
The young Binay believes that such an undertaking signals the start of a new dawn where the government, employees and employers alike understand, respect and trust one another which will propel the country forward and upward and hopefully help resolve the many ills of our nation.
Vice-chair for Labor Sector Mr. Jesus Excequiel Nidea of the Philippine Saving Bank Employees Union admits that with globalization comes a whole lot of different ways of doing business. “At present we are confronted with contractualization and outsourcing which threatens our employment and the buzz word in business is competition. We all know that competition is a healthy principle in business or in any other endeavor. Yet, when we are faced with competition, we are challenged to do better and reap the fruit of success,” said Mr. Nidea.
The labor sector, through their respective trade unions, is inspired to excel in the field of competition. He enjoined everyone to do their share in making Makati and Pasay not only an attractive place to do business but most importantly prove to investors that the workers in this place are highly competitive and deeply spirited in the performance of their work.
Mr. Alexander Albino of Paper Products Inc., the Vice-chair for management sector in turn vowed to seek the guidance of the Department of Labor and Employment for the new and peaceful approaches in the labor relations front that promotes industrial peace.
Under the signed MOU, both parties commit to comply with the provisions of the Labor Code on matters affecting their rights and responsibilities; advocate programs on working conditions particularly occupational safety and health, productivity improvement, and skills training due to advancement in technology; conduct labor-management education; to have a more focused discussion on the identified peculiarities in the industries; to pursue a pro-active role in promoting industry growth and harmony through cooperation, consultation and dialogues and to maintain the openness to communicate their concerns as a means to sustain cohesiveness.
Exec. Director Raynaldo Ubaldo of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board informed the council that the DOLE now uses the de-judicialization approach in the settlement of labor cases. This means that DOLE is veering away from the tedious litigation process and moves towards the 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation for all labor cases.