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DOLE Palawan, BWC hold Consultation on Department Order 156-16

DOLE Palawan Field Office, together with the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) held a Consultation on Department Order No. 156, Series of 2016, Rules and Regulations Governing the Working and Living Conditions of Fishers Onboard Fishing Vessels Engaged in Commercial Fishing Operation, last August 30, 2017, at Angela’s Pool Resort, Barangay San Jose, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

Engr. Kristine Carol Soriente, Sr. LEO of the Bureau of Working Conditions discussed the salient features of DO 156-16. Important feedbacks regarding the said D.O. particularly from the fishing industry sector in Palawan shall be relayed to the upcoming National Stakeholder’s Consultation to consolidate, process, and further improve the rules and regulations for those affected by D.O. 156-16.

At least eighty (81) Palaweño participants, a mixed of commercial fishing boat owners and fishers, participated in the said program. Mr. Mario Basaya, OIC- Provincial Fishery Office of BFAR Palawan, who welcomed the participants, encouraged all to actively participate in the discussion which involved the terms and conditions of employment between commercial fishing vessel owners and their employed fishers and vice versa. Ms. Soriente, presented the D.O. 156-16, and highlighted the pertinent rules and regulations pertaining to labor and employment, as provided for by the Labor Code of the Philippines. She also lectured on D.O 131-B-16 or the Revised Rules on Labor Laws Compliance System, showing the flow of conducting regulatory and developmental assessments of the labor law compliance officers to monitor compliance of establishments with the minimum labor standards.

To further enhance the knowledge of the participants on related laws, Mr. Bernardo Toriano, Palawan Field Office Head, discussed the General Labor Standards which encompasses the workers’ statutory monetary benefits to educate the participants about their rights and responsibilities, as fishing vessel owners and employed fishers.


Before the program concluded, all the participants were encouraged to avail the DILP or Kabuhayan Program which aims to contribute to the prevention and elimination of child labor by providing families access to decent livelihood opportunities for enhanced income. Livelihood projects would serve as good alternative to their main source of living since lean season also occurs in the fishing industry. Ms. Elnie Iligan, LEO III of DOLE Palawan Field Office, gave a brief talk on how to apply for the Kabuhayan program. She also discussed the requirements on registering Workers’ Association under DOLE as one of the requirements to avail the livelihood grant.


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