Labor department launches new module on labor relations

Ofelia Domingo, DOLE acting assistant regional director, said the department
has modified its module in educating employers and companies about labor
relations. "It's no longer more of labor rights and laws," she told MindaNews
Friday in a phone interview.

The modified version would be launched on April 18, ahead of the
commemoration of Labor Day on May 1. DOLE Assistant Sec. Theresa Soriano was
expected to lead the launching rites, to represent Sec. Arturo Brion, who was
the one who pushed for the new eduction model and its modified version for
this year.

“It will be guides on labor relations, human resources, and productivity,”
Domingo said.

The new model then for education that was introduced last year came in the
wake of deliberations on the P125 across the board wage increase, which was
not approved. It was also implemented when businessmen pushed for greater
productivity than wage increase claiming that the latter was detrimental to

Also that year, the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc.
(DCCCII) has insisted on sticking to the regional wage increase administered
by the Regional Tripartite Wage Board (RTWPB). (Walter I. Balane / MindaNews)