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Area-Wide Session entitled

“Department Order No. 174, Series of 2017, Updates on Labor Jurisprudence, Social Legislation and Productivity”


The National Conciliation and Mediation Board, Regional Branch No. XI holds an area-wide seminar entitled “Department Order No. 174, Series of 2017, Updates on Labor Jurisprudence, Social Legislation and Productivity on June 30, 2017 at the Villa Margarita, J. P. Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City.

 “This activity was conducted to help disseminate some labor laws which if violated are the root cause of labor problem of most companies.  Hence, the branch finds it necessary to initiate an orientation seminar which will serve as pro-active strategy to help remind companies on their legal obligations to their employees. In a way, this will somehow promote industrial peace in the region”, OIC-Dir. Reyes stressed out.

 Twenty seven (27) companies participated in this activity represented by forty seven (47) people from both labor and management sectors.

 Sheila A. Rivera, LEO III and Cary Jun P. Montero, Senior LEO served the hosts of the ceremony.

 OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes gave the opening remarks.  This was followed by a welcome message and DOLE XI updates of Regional Dir. Raymundo G. Agravante.

 This undertaking was made even more significant as it was attended by Undersecretary Joel B. Maglungsod who also gave his inspirational message.

 Seven (7) Resource Speakers were invited to share their respective topics.

 Atty. Alvin B. Curada, Mediator-Arbiter of the Office of the Undersecretary for Labor Relations and Special Concerns gave the first topic on Salient Features of D.O. 174 series of 2017.

 He presented that D.O. 174 is a reiteration of the prohibition against labor only contracting.

 Atty. Curada emphasized that there are two instances wherein contracting or subcontracting is considered labor only contracting.

 In the first instance, the contractor or subcontractor does not have substantial capital or investments in the form of tools, equipment, machineries, supervision, work premises, among others and employees recruited and placed are performing activities which are directly related to the main business operation of the principal.

 The second instance is that the contractor does not exercise the right to control over the performance of the work of the employee.

 Atty. Ronieto B. Bata, one of the accredited Voluntary Arbitrators in Region XI and Vice President of Davao Accredited Voluntary Arbitrators Organization (DAVAO), Inc., was the second Resource Speaker.  He presented several jurisprudence related to labor disputes.

 The next resource speaker was Mr. Albert A. Bantan, Information Officer II of the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC).  “ECC is a government agency mandated by law to provide meaningful and appropriate compensation to workers in the event of work-related contingencies”, said Bantan.

 Mr. Bantan presented the different instances when an employee can avail the employees compensation program (ECP) benefits.

 According to Bantan, “There are many ECP benefits.  These are loss of income benefit, medical benefits, carer’s allowance, death benefits and rehabilitation services.”   “Under the ECP, it is not the illness or injury that is compensated but the incapacity to work as a result of the illness or injury that is being compensated”, he added.

 The topic was immediately followed by Atty. Chillete B. Bolo-Escovilla of the Operations Legal Department-Mindanao South 1 Division, Social Security System.

 This was followed by Ms. Kleah G. Dublin, Public Relations Officer II of Philhealth.

 The next resource speaker was from Pag-ibig Fund, Ms. Maridee dela Cerna.

 NCMB-RBXI Officials and Personnel also shared and cascaded their valuable experience and trainings in Singapore to the participants.

 Senior LEO Cary Jun P. Montero, Supervising LEO Nancy L. Lasquite, Conciliator-Mediator Oliver C. Jao and OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes all shared their Singapore experience.

 The program ended with closing remarks given by OIC/Director of NCMB-RBXI, Aerrine Marie R. Reyes.