Misamis Oriental — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-X) thru its Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office (Mis. Or. PFO) spearheaded the first face-to-face quarterly meeting of the Industry Tripartite Council (ITC) –Resorts, Hotels, and Restaurants (RHR) since the COVID-19 pandemic on 2020, on 23 June 2022 at Duka Bay, Medina, this province.
DOLE-X Mis. Or. PFO Chief Errol A. Natividad said the event convened 60 council members from 30 RHRs to update current laws and regulations on RHR industry in this new normal of doing business, as well as address the various issues and concerns. Highlight of the discussions is Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board’s (RTWPB-X) advocacy on the recent Wage Order No. RX-21, increasing the minimum wage order in the private sector which took effect on 18 June 2022. RTWPB –X Board Secretary lawyer Ma. Vergel Walag thoroughly discussed the said wage order.
“Dako kaayo akong kalipay kay sa taod-taod na panahon nga naka face-to-face meeting usab ang council kay derecho mapangitaan ug resolusyon among mga concerns. Nakatabang gyud ni na panagtipok kay naay sharing of best practices na mas mapalambo ang among mga negosyo ug nakahibalo mi sa mga bag-ong pamala-od sa Wage Order,” ITC-RHR member and Twin Hearts management representative Richard Caviltes said.
[I am very satisfied that the council was able to meet face-to-face after a long while so we can immediately address our concerns through resolutions. The sharing of best practices is very beneficial to us for business improvements and the learning sessions on wage order.]
Likewise, ITC-RHR members and Duka Bay Resort staff Margie Fullante appreciated DOLE’s ITC program especially that the workers’ or labor sector’s concerns were heard and given importance.
Also, ITC-RHR Chairman/President lawyer Greg Pallugna thanked DOLE –X and RTWPB-X on the advocacy boost.
The DOLE promotes the creation of ITCs pursuant to International Labour Organization’s Convention No. 144 which institutionalized tripartism by providing a continuing forum for tripartite advisement and consultation empowering workers’ and employers organizations, enhancing their respective rights, attaining industrial peace and improving productivity.
End/Lalaine D. Paduganan/DOLE –X Mis.Or. PFO