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Convergence among various sectors aims compliance to labor laws

Cebu City, Philippines. Representatives from labor, management, government, and international partners came together, developed and exchanged strategies and best practices during what was dubbed as the Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Compliance to Labor Laws. 

Held in Cebu City last week, the two-day event gathered together participants from the Visayas and Mindanao composed of DOLE Regional Directors and Assistant Regional Directors; representatives of the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils (RTIPCs); Trade Unions; Employers’ Groups; and partners from the  Project Advisory Committee of the Labor Inspection Program and from the International Labor Organization (ILO). 

DOLE Undersecretary Joel B. Maglunsod lauded all participants for demonstrating interest and willingness to said activity, which he described as the synergy of tripartism among concerned sectors particularly in the field of labor and employment. 

“Some workers are still left behind. Many workers here and abroad are still in vulnerable conditions. Ang ating mga manggagawa ay patuloy pa rin nakikipaglaban laung-lao na sa usapin ng kasiguruhan sa trabaho,” said Usec. Maglunsod, in his message, delivered by DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Directior Cyril L. Ticao, 

The two-day activity, taking place on 22 to 23 February 2018, invited sectors present to brainstorm and determine influencers, drivers and constraints in terms of compliance with labor laws and regulations, paving the way for re-visiting and exploring persistent issues and emerging concerns involved, while trying to link them with interventions instituted. 

The ILO, being the Department’s lead partner in said activity, was represented by Mr. Rene Robert, Labor Inspection Specialist, who was at the forefront in the discussions and workshops made on pertinent topics that centered on Strategic Compliance and International Good Practices; Exploring Mandates, Resources, and Data; Brainstorming Mandates, Resources, and Data; Exploring Compliance Issues and Targets; Compliance Influencers, Drivers and Constraints; Identifying, Prioritizing and Mapping Compliance Issues and Targets; Exploring Stakeholders; Exploring Compliance Interventions; and Operationalizing the Strategic Compliance Plan; among others. 

The event, the last of the series of capacity-building activities following the one held in Luzon, also put emphasis on the issue of Security of Tenure being one of the main areas closely looked into during inspection as part of workplace compliance to labor laws. 

Usec. Maglunsod hoped that the outputs of the workshops would be translated and institutionalized into a feasible, realistic, operational, and sustainable strategic compliance plans, which could be tripartitely adapted and implemented by the DOLE and its social partners. 

The activity, which was sponsored by the ILO and co-initiated by the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), was also graced by the representatives coming from the National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC), Bureau of Labor Relations (BLR), and the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC). 

Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III, who attended a forum organized by the University of San Carlos Lex Circle and the People Management Association of the Philippines Cebu, Inc., dropped by the venue and chatted with the Regional Directors and Assistant Regional Directors from the Visayas and Mindanao Islands.










For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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