For the Bureau of Labor Relations, 2014 is a good measure of success as it embarked on a mixture of improvement and innovation.
The Bureau took off the year by launching the Labor and Employment Education Services (LEES) consists now of 47 animated videos available here and abroad online with an estimated viewership of over 54 million people. Taking advantage of available technology, the Bureau also showcased the Online Union Registration System (OURS) to allow the internet-based registration of public sector unions, federations and workers’ associations operating in more than one region. Quoting Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz’s words, “Registration is just a ‘mouse’ away” and can be accomplished in three easy steps: download, prepare and scan, attach and submit.
Aside from sporting innovation, the Bureau continues to live up to its solid billing. It tends the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) as well as eight (8) National Industry Tripartite Councils. Through tripartism and social dialogue, it has facilitated the issuance of important policies and guidelines such as, DOLE Department Order No. 141, series of 2014 (PRPA Rules), DOLE-DepEd-TESDA-CHED Joint Guidelines (Guidelines on the Enhanced Basic Education Act) and the Draft Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10524 (Employment of Persons with Disabilities), to name a few.
In few days’ time from now, one of the tax breaks (CBA-derived benefits and productivity incentives as De Minimis Benefit) which the TIPC has worked on will finally come into effect.
The Bureau also provided avenues for social dialogue on issues that directly and indirectly affect labor and employment. The Labor Day dialogue always comes as a special meeting with no less than the President. To respond to pressing concern of the truckers affected by the Manila City Council Ordinance No. 8336 enforcing a city-wide truck ban, the Bureau spearheaded a Truckers’ Summit.
Also this year, the Bureau converged with the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) in the implementation of the Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) through the conduct of the area-wide capacity building attended by select sectoral representatives of the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils nationwide. The partnership extended to LLCS orientation 17 national federations.
Federations and other labor organizations remain capable allies in the maintenance of industrial peace. Through the Workers Organization Development Program (WODP), the Bureau and the Regional Offices provided 115 trainings and 108 scholarship grants. Last June 2014, some graduating scholars were given recognition. In its Appeals and Review Unit / Mediation-Arbitration Unit, cases are disposed without unjustified delay.
From January to December, the Bureau embodies the DOLE anniversary theme, “Higit pa sa Tagumpay at Reporma, ang DOLE mas Makabuluhan, mas Nadarama.”