After a year of tripartite consultations and series of social dialogues among stakeholders, the Construction Industry Tripartite Council - National Capital Region (CITC-NCR), in its year-end performance assessment conducted on 23 November 2016 at the DOLE-NCR Conference Room, reviewed its 2016 accomplishment vis-à-vis the criteria set in its Voluntary Code of Good Industry Practices.
The adoption of resolutions and position papers, and the establishment of linkages with TESDA for certification of skills of workers were among the initiatives of the Council that helped in its strengthening endeavors. The tripartite members maintained its vigor in reviewing policies specifically Department Order No. 13, series of 1998 or the “Guidelines Governing Occupational Safety and Health in the Construction Industry”, “Department Order No. 18-A, series of 2011”, and “Articles 106-109 and 279-281 of the Labor Code of the Philippines, As Amended”.
Meantime, CITC-NCR intend to replicate, if not surpass, the high results of the 2015 National TVET Competency Assessment and Certification (NATCAC) program conducted by TESDA-NCR for the members of the CITC-NCR. Last year, it reported a total of 924 certified out of 934 assessed construction workers under different qualifications, posting a regional certification rate of 98.92%.
The number of employer representatives grew from 58 in 2015 to 83 members for 2016 coming from 43 construction companies, with the strong support from ten (10) labor organizations with nineteen (19) individual memberships.
The Council capped the year with the adoption of Resolution No. 02, series of 2016, “A Resolution calling for the representation of CITC-NCR in the National Construction Industry Tripartite Council” that is being spearheaded by the Bureau of Labor Relations.
END/Jackilyn G. Borja, LRLS