House approves bill strengthening tripartism

THE House of Representatives has approved on third reading a bill which seeks to promote tripartism in all labor-related endeavors.

House Bill 6685, which is substitute to House Bill 5864 and 5935, establishes the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (NTIPC), amending for the purpose Article 275 of Presidential Decree No. 442, as amended, otherwise known as The Labor Code of the Philippines.

Rep. Emil L. Ong (2nd District, Northern Samar), one of the main authors of the bill said that as a state policy, tripartism in labor relations shall work towards representation of workers and employers in the decision and policy-making bodies of the government.

Rep. Ma. Theresa B. Bonoan-David (4th District, Manila), another author, said through tripartism, employers and workers on one hand, representing their respective interests and the government, on the other hand, representing the public interest, help shape labor, social and economic policies and programs of the government.

The bill provides that the NTIPC, established in the national, regional, or industry level,  shall be composed of 20 representatives each from the labor and employer sectors and to be designated by the President at regular intervals.

It shall serve as a continuing forum for tripartite advisement and consultation in aid of streamlining the role of government, empowering workers’ and employers’ organizations, enhancing their respective rights, attaining industrial peace and improving productivity.

One of the functions of NTIPC is to monitor the full implementation and compliance of concerned sectors with the provisions of all tripartite instruments.

The bill mandates the review of existing labor, economic and social policies and evaluate local and international developments affecting them.

Another is to formulate, for submission to the President or to Congress, tripartite views, recommendations and proposals on labor, economic, and social concerns, including the presentation of tripartite positions on relevant bills pending in Congress.

Likewise, the tripartite council shall also serve as a communication channel and a mechanism for undertaking joint programs among government, workers, employers and their organizations toward enhancing labor-management relations, among others.

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