A memorandum of agreement was signed yesterday for the creation of the Negros Oriental Provincial Inter-Agency Coordinating and Monitoring Committee as part of the Labor Day celebration, held at Robinsons Place in Dumaguete City.
The ICMC, created as a sub-committee of the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council, will be focused on the implementation of specific guidelines in the handling of labor disputes, Sandra Delfin, senior labor employment officer of the DOLE in Negros Oriental, said.
Delfin said the creation of the ICMC was pushed by the National Conciliation and Mediation Board as an offshoot of a labor dispute in Cebu recently, when concerned agencies and sectors apparently were not guided accordingly.
She also said that with the ICMC in place, those involved in labor disputes would know their roles and responsibilities, and where they stand in law enforcement, especially during strikes or similar protest actions. During a labor dispute, the DOLE has jurisdiction in the handling of the case, regardless of actions taken, she added.
Governor Roel Degamo, who chairs the TIPC, and Dumaguete City Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria were signatories of the MOA, with Senior Supt. Mariano Natuel Jr., OIC provincial police director, representatives of the Philippine Association of Detective and Protective Agency Operators, Department of Labor and Employment, the NCMB, the National Labor Relations Commission, and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority.
The TIPC is composed of labor, management and the government.
Delfin said the PADPAO, a group of private security agencies, has been included in the ICMC because security guards in business establishments and other government and private companies usually get caught in the frontlines during a labor dispute.
The Tesda is also included to cater to the needs of displaced workers, especially for long-running labor dispute cases that have yet to be resolved, she added. It comes in and provides livelihood interventions through skills training in case workers are displaced as a result of a labor dispute, Delfin said.
The ICMC takes effect immediately.*JFP
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