DOLE-9 eyes improvement of fishers’ living conditions on commercial boats

  • May 19, 2017
  • Emmanuel D. Taghoy

ZAMBOANGA CITY, May 19 (PIA) - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-9 Industrial Tripartite Council (ITC) convened on Tuesday, May 16, various stakeholders of the canning and fishing industry here, including some employees and workers, representatives from government agencies, labor sector, and school officials.


The meeting sought to review Department Order No. 156-16 rules and regulations governing the working and living conditions of fishers on-board fishing vessels that engage in commercial operation.


DOLE-9 Regional Director Ofelia B. Domingo said the canning and fishing industry contributes almost 50 percent of the economy in the city; and one of the main sources of livelihood for the Zamboangueños, including neighboring towns and provinces.


“The Zamboanga ITC has a big role in the fishing and canning, construction, education, hotel and restaurants, rubber, maritime, security and seaweeds industries,” she said, iterating the functions of the council.


The ITC serves as an information network specifically on labor relations to issues and industry configurations; monitors compliance with sectoral commitments; and ensures implementation of action plan relative to the Philippine Decent Work Common Agenda.


Moreover, it provides assistance to concerned agencies in the identification of industries or establishments with potentials for growth, and those businesses which are likely to experience labor disputes or in need of appropriate responses with respect to industry-specific concerns. (ALT/EDT/PIA9-Zamboanga City/with reports from April May Jayyari-Leliza-OJT)

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