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Friday, February 13, 2009

DOLE cites 3+ Social Partners for Joining Hands Against Global Financial Crisis

Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque, has cited the social partners for affirming their support to continuing business growth and the need to preserve jobs and sustain opportunities during the recent multi-sectoral job summit in Malacañan.

The Labor and Employment Chief particularly cited the top leaders representing the labor, management, government and other sectors (or the 3+ Social Partners) of the country for signing in the joint Communique, affirming their support to safety net measures and livelihood assistance in support of affected workers, the facilitation of up to 1.4 million in job opportunities, emphasizing the need to allocate at least 1.5% of the estimated P1.4 trillion 2009 operating budget of the Philippines’ government agencies in the fight to mitigate and push back the global crisis' effects.

Specifically, the 3+ social partners affirmed livelihood assistance in support of affected local and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) through the following projects of key government agencies: P402 million under the DOLE’s Integrated Livelihood Program, and P50 million under its Reintegration Program along with a P1 billion Loan Portfolio under the DOLE-Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s Filipino Expatriate Livelihood Support Fund; complemented by the Land Bank of the Philippines’ P1 billion “LBP Negosyo Program for Global Financial Crisis Affected Workers” and the Development Bank of the Philippines Livelihood Program; and P1.38 billion under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Livelihood Investment for displaced workers in the uplands.

They also backed a target of up to 1.4 million in both local job opportunities through various government and private sector initiatives, along with overseas jobs.

These include around 23,550 jobs under the DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD) and Integrated Services for Livelihood Advancement of Fisher Folks (ISLA) programs; along with 35,000 Jobs for Bantay-Gubat and other DENR projects for the upland displaced workers; 36,500 jobs from the Farm-to-Market Road Projects, 81,134 from Irrigation Projects, 10,400 from Organic Fertilizer Production Project, and 3,645 from the Goat Dispersal Project all of the Department of Agriculture; 27,222 jobs from the Out-of-School Youth (OYSTER) Program –Roadside Maintenance along with 506,082 other jobs from the Department of Public Works and Highways; 100,000 jobs from the Repair of Classrooms and School Buildings of the Department of Education and State Universities and Colleges (SUCs); and 1,022 jobs from the Laguna Water Lily Development of the Department of Trade and Industry.

On top of the government job targets, the sectors also supported the creation of some 80,000 to 100,000 job opportunities among the member firms of the crucial Business Processing Association of the Philippines (BPAP) and other jobs expected to be created in industries of the country which remain buoyant, like food manufacturing, tourism, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare.

Along with local jobs, they also backed the DOLE’s efforts, hand-in-hand with the country’s recruitment, manning industry and trade unions, to fill up 400,000 opportunities based on the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s (POEA) registered active job orders from abroad.

The 3+ social partners also jointly supported the fast and efficient access of displaced workers to local government unit (LGU)-based One-Stop Worker Assistance Centers in strategic municipalities/cities as well as in the Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA), alongside the vigorous pursuit of public-private sector partnerships to facilitate placement/training and retooling of affected workers.

Roque, in particular, thanked some 138 top labor, business, government and other leaders who converged in the successful summit in Malacañang, for affirming their support as one to the country’s efforts against the global crisis -- including the representatives of more than 20 major labor groups, local and foreign business chambers, top corporations and banks, the academe, along with the country’s legislative branch, key officials of various Departments and agencies, other sectors.

They included Federation of Free Workers national president Attorney Allan S. Montaño, Tony Asper and other key FFW labor leaders; Trade Union Congress of the Philippines-AWATU national president Temistocles Dejon, Jr. and other key TUCP labor leaders; Associated and Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) president Gregorio Oca, Jr.; Trade Union of the Philippines and Allied Services (TUPAS) secretary general Vladimir R. Tupaz, National Labor Union (NLU) president Dave Diwa, Philippine Government Employees Association (PGEA) president Esperanza A. Ocampo; Congressman Magtanggol Gunigundo who is the Chair of the House Committee on Labor; Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. president John K. Tan and other FFCCCII officials; Employers Confederation of the Philippines chair Attorney Miguel B. Varela, ECOP president Edgardo Lacson, ECOP/ASPROE governor Rene E. Cristobal and other key leaders of both the ECOP and Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PCCI); key representatives of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (AMCHAM); Japanese Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines president Toshifumi Inami; key representatives of the Korean Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines; Indian Chamber of Commerce president Ram Sitaldas; key persons from the Federation of Philippine Industries (FPI); top corporate leaders from the SM Shoemart, San Miguel Corporation (SMC); Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing; EEI Corporation; Land Bank of the Philippines, Banco De Oro, Bank of the Philippine Islands, the Development Bank of the Philippines, Philippine National Bank; academic leaders from schools such as De La Salle University (DLSU), Far Eastern University (FEU), and Centro Escolar University (CEU); key government officials representing major government Departments and agencies; and others.

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