The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 (DOLE RO1) has gathered various workers’ unions and associations in the province of Pangasinan to update them with the vital updates on industry and labor concerns, on June 17, 2022 in Calasiao, Pangasinan.

Around 30 worker representatives from eight employee unions and associations took part in the capacity-building training, as part of the DOLE’s Workers Organization Development Program (WODP).

DOLE Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos underscored that DOLE remains resolute in its thrust to engage with stakeholders in the industries, to provide them with necessary information in the ever-changing labor landscape.

“Time and again, we value our linkage with workers groups as they are the embodiment of the sentiments of the workforce,” said RD Atty. Ramos. “Hence, we should consistently apprise them and re-fresh them with policies concerning the labor sector.”

One of the primary topics discussed was the new wage order, RB1-21, which set the new daily minimum wage rate for private sector workers in the Ilocos Region.

Other topics were Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Negotiation and Registration, WODP Scholarship, Grievance Handling, Digital Payments and Cyber Hygiene, and RA 11313, or the Act Defining Gender-Based Sexual Harassment in Streets, Public Spaces, Online, Workplaces and Educational or Training Institutions.

The unions and associated present were: Panelco III Employees Association; Cenpelco Employees Association; Calasiao Sales Force Union; Calasiao Workers Union; Calasiao Monthlies Union; Labor Union of Zaragoza Salt Industry; Phinma-University of Pangasinan Faculty Union; La Tondeña Distillers Inc. Workers Union; GSMI, Sta. Barbara Plant Daily Paid Worker’s Independent Union; and Union of Sual Power Plant Employees.

Earlier this month, DOLE also met with the Industry Tripartite Council for Education Sector for an organizational meeting on June 3, 2022, in Alaminos City, Pangasinan. (by Justin Paul Marbella)