GOOD NEWS | 05 November 2019

Helen Keller, an American author, political activist, and lecturer once said that “alone, we can do so little, together, we can do so much.”

The Valenzuela City Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (VCTIPC) shares the same belief as it pushed for the creation of the Barangay Labor and Employment Committee (BLEC)—a committee composed of the Barangay Councilor with 2 Barangay employees/volunteers that will function as the Guardians of Industrial Peace (GIP) and the Center for Employment and Training Seminars (CENTS) in their own locality or jurisdiction.

Being the smallest unit of the government that can serve as the City’s arm for workers’ welfare, BLEC is tasked to serve as monitoring and facilitating body of all labor disputes. Also, BLEC will act as an agent for the effective dissemination of the latest labor and employment development information and situation in their respective locality.

Among the objectives of institutionalizing the BLEC includes the development and maintenance of linkages for the continued and sustained labor and management activities.

The ordinance became a priority bill of the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Valenzuela on May 22, 2019, and as such, Ordinance No. 589 S. 2019 was signed on September 13, 2019, in the City of Valenzuela. 

After the signing of the Resolution for the Issuance of Ordinance for the Creation of BLEC in Valenzuela City, VCTIPC conducted a series of orientation-workshop on different labor and employment programs for the representatives from the five (5) pilot Barangays.

Asked about the ways forward, VCTIPC head Councilor Ramon L. Encarnacion said that a series of capacity building interventions to further capacitate the BLEC members in all 33 barangays on matters concerning Labor and Employment is scheduled on the 2nd and 3rd week of November. Moreover, it is envisioned that all BLEC members will be trained as safety officers.

Valenzuela City is the first city in Metro Manila to initiate partnership with the barangay officials to become allies of DOLE in its mission of promotion of gainful employment opportunities, protection of workers, and maintenance of industrial peace.

END / DOLE-NCR CAMANAVA Field Office

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