DOLE-1 holds seminar on voluntary code of practices

SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union, June 25 (PIA) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-1) in Pangasinan has re-oriented 32 establishments on Voluntary Code of Practices during its recent orientation seminar regarding the implementation of the code with the Industry Tripartate Council for Hotels and Restaurants in Dagupan City.

The orientation is part of the DOLE’s strategy to implement the Voluntary Code as agreed upon by 55 various establishments in the city of Dagupan alone last year.

According to Honorina Dian Baga, Supervising Labor Employment Officer of DOLE-1, the seminar aims to strengthen company policy on safeguards for employees and clients to foster harmonious relationship among them.

The adoption of the Voluntary Code of Good Practices will lessen dependence on government for regulation and intervention on minor issues that industry stakeholders themselves can easily address, said the DOLE.

A lecturer from National Conciliation and Mediation Board discussed alternative dispute resolution. Likewise, representative from the Social Security System and PhilHealth presented relevant issues, laws and regulations affecting these companies.

DOLE-1 also discussed topics on company policies, laws on termination and drug-free workplace to reinforce the compliance of the member establishments to the provisions of the Voluntary Code signed May 13 last year.

DOLE-1 director Grace Y. Ursua said, “With the promotion of industry self-regulation, we affirm the overarching goal pronounced by President Benigno Aquino, III in his 22-point labor and employment agenda to invest in our country’s top resource, our human resource as to make us more competitive and employable while promoting industrial peace based on social justice.” (ANL/MHH-PIA1 with reports from DOLE-1)

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