The Education Industry Tripartite Council (EITC) and the Manila Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (MTIPC) kicked off the new year to discuss the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) “Labor Advisory No. 01, series of 2022 or also known as Isolation and Quarantine Leaves of Employees in the Private Sector” and the “COVID-19 Updates and its Variants.

Both concluded via virtual conference platform, EITC’s first bi-monthly meeting was held on January 26, 2022 while MTIPC’s first regular monthly meeting on January 28, 2022.

Supervising Labor and Employment Officer (LEO) Ruby Socorro Daquigan of DOLE-National Capital Region (NCR) – Manila Field Office (MFO) discussed the Labor Advisory No. 01-2022 that urges employers in the private sector to adopt and execute an appropriate paid isolation and quarantine leave for employees that shall be on top of existing leave benefits provided by the company policy, Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the Labor Code of the Philippines, and other special laws. During her discussion, Daquigan also emphasized that should a program be implemented, it shall not affect other benefits provided by the Social Security System (SSS) and the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC).

Meanwhile, Albert Benni Doloiras from Medical Technology Department of the Far Eastern University was tapped as the resource person for the learning session on the “COVID-19 Updates and its Variants.” During his talk, Doloiras discussed the factors of rapid disease transmission, and the importance of vaccines, especially booster shots. He also stressed that vaccination is one of the keys to prevent severe COVID-19.

The EITC’s meeting was attended by 16 council members as represented by seven individuals from the labor sector and nine from the management sector. On the other hand, 21 council members of the MTIPC participated in its meeting as represented by eleven individuals from the labor sector and ten from the management sector.

Moreover, Charity Obillo-Guerra, Senior LEO of DOLE-NCR MFO was then introduced to both EITC and MTIPC as the new focal person for the tripartism program. The tripartism program is one of the means of the DOLE to further foster harmonious and cooperative labor and management relations.

END / Ernest Mhel Aranda