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Labor Inclusivity and Dispute Resolution (PH0063)



Action Plan: Philippines Action Plan 2019-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)

Support Institution(s): ● DOLE Central Office, Regional Offices and Attached Agencies ● The following agencies may be invited, when necessary (As per DO 140-14): ○ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ○ National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) ○ Department of Budget and Management (DBM) ○ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) ○ Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) ○ Department of Agriculture (DA) ○ Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ○ Department of Energy (DOE) ○ Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) ○ Department of Tourism (DOT) ○ Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) ○ Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) ○ Department of Science and Technology (DOST) ○ Department of Education (DepEd) ○ Commission on Higher Education (CHED) ○ Civil Service Commission (CSC) ○ Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG); and ○ Other relevant government agencies

Policy Areas

Access to Justice, Capacity Building, Gender, Justice, Labor, Local Commitments, Marginalized Communities, Private Sector, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the problem the commitment addresses?

Tripartism, as a social dialogue mechanism, is institutionalized as a venue where the government, the labor groups, and the employer sector can come together to discuss and resolve labor and employment issues and concerns. Currently, the Department of Labor and Employment has institutionalized the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) and the Regional TIPCs in all regions, as well as national and local Industry Tripartite Councils in specific industries. However, labor representation in tripartite councils is traditionally comprised of formal labor. Ensuring inclusivity of these existing tripartite structures poses a great challenge in our efforts to formulate and implement effective and responsive strategies, programs and reforms. Broad-based consultations and engagements involving all sectors and stakeholders equate to stronger developmental framework and better policy legislation that incorporates and addresses all sectoral interests and concerns.

The world of work is constantly evolving with globalization, migration, green jobs, digitalization and other emerging technologies, which lead to non-standard work arrangements and specific workplace/industry concerns. In this context, it is necessary to ensure that all workers and industry players in all sectors of society be fully represented in all social dialogue mechanisms that are institutionalized in order to serve as a venue for consultation and collaboration, with the end in view of formulating and implementing holistic policy reforms and programs that would address all cross-cutting and industry/sectoral concerns and engender a climate of industrial peace anchored on social justice.

The maintenance of a stable but dynamic and just industrial peace, apart from being a State policy, is recognized as a fundamental requisite of national growth and development and thus has always been at the core of the government’s plans and programs.

What is the commitment?

Considered as key instrument in the attainment and maintenance of industrial peace, Tripartism in labor relations is declared a State policy. Towards this end, the Department shall ensure Tripartism and social dialogue, which entails that workers and employers are, as far as practicable, represented in decision and policy-making bodies of the government, particularly in the National and Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Councils. The Department shall further ensure that representations in these tripartite councils are inclusive by reconstituting the tripartite councils and expanding labor representations in these councils to include most representative
organizations in sectors of workers other than the formal labor. This is a deviation from the usual tripartite councils wherein labor representation is traditionally comprised of representatives of the formal labor. Through this commitment, the Department aims to have a more proactive engagement with the labor and employer sector, which signifies that their voices and inputs are heard and considered in the review of labor laws and other policies affecting their rights, duties, and welfare.

Inclusive and proactive participation of workers and employers in policy-making ensure that their concerns and inputs are being considered in the process, thereby promoting greater integration of objectives and circulation and processing of information. This would most likely result in more responsive policies that would truly address the needs and/or concerns of their respective sectors. Moreover, their participation in policy-making would also develop democratic ownership over policies, thus helping ensure acceptability and feasibility. It increases the possibility of the acceptance of outcomes and minimizes the possibilities for conflict

See Action Plan for milestone activities


  1. Citizen Participation in Local Government

    PH0056, 2019, Capacity Building

  2. Participation in Local Tourism Development

    PH0057, 2019, Capacity Building

  3. Basic Education Inputs Program

    PH0058, 2019, Capacity Building

  4. Open Data Portal

    PH0059, 2019, Access to Information

  5. Participatory Monitoring of Infrastructure Projects

    PH0060, 2019, Capacity Building

  6. Implement EITI

    PH0061, 2019, Access to Information

  7. Passage of Freedom of Information Law

    PH0062, 2019, Access to Information

  8. Labor Inclusivity and Dispute Resolution

    PH0063, 2019, Access to Justice

  9. Participatory Children's Health and Nutrition Program

    PH0064, 2019, Gender

  10. Indigenous Representation in Local Legislative Councils

    PH0065, 2019, E-Government

  11. Open Contracting Data Publication

    PH0066, 2019, Access to Information

  12. Civil Society Participation to Improve LGU Service Delivery

    PH0042, 2017, Access to Information

  13. Engage Communities in the Fight Against Corruption, Criminality and Illegal Drugs

    PH0043, 2017, Capacity Building

  14. Ease of Doing Business:Competitiveness

    PH0044, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  15. Ease of Doing Business: Philippines’ Anti-Red Tape Challenge)

    PH0045, 2017, Capacity Building

  16. Citizen Participatory Audit

    PH0046, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  17. 8888 Citizens’ Complaint Center

    PH0047, 2017, Public Participation

  18. Government Feedback Mechanism

    PH0048, 2017, Capacity Building

  19. Access to Information Legislation

    PH0049, 2017, Access to Information

  20. e-Participation Through the National Government Portal

    PH0050, 2017, Access to Information

  21. Open Budget Index and Budget Reform Bill

    PH0051, 2017, Access to Information

  22. Philippine Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

    PH0052, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  23. Institutional Mechanisms for Disaster Response

    PH0053, 2017, Access to Information

  24. Shelter Development for Informal Settler Families

    PH0054, 2017, Access to Information

  25. Open Local Legislative Processes

    PH0055, 2017, E-Government

  26. Law on ATI

    PH0029, 2015, Access to Information

  27. Transparency of Local Govs Plans and Budgets

    PH0030, 2015, Fiscal Openness

  28. Open Data

    PH0031, 2015, Access to Information

  29. Extractive Industries' Transparency

    PH0032, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  30. CSO Engagement in Public Audit

    PH0033, 2015, Anti-Corruption

  31. Civic Enagement in Local Budget Planning

    PH0034, 2015, Fiscal Openness

  32. Civic Enagement in Local Budget Planning – Community Capacity-Building

    PH0035, 2015, Capacity Building

  33. Improving Public Service Delivery

    PH0036, 2015, Public Participation

  34. Improving Local Govs' Performance

    PH0037, 2015, Capacity Building

  35. Improve the Ease of Doing Business

    PH0038, 2015, Private Sector

  36. Local Government Competitiveness

    PH0039, 2015, Access to Information

  37. Public and Private Sector Dialogue

    PH0040, 2015, Private Sector

  38. Improving Corporate Accountability

    PH0041, 2015, Private Sector

  39. Sustain Transparency in National Government Plans and Budgets

    PH0020, 2013, E-Government

  40. Support for the Passage of Legislations on Access to Information and Protection of Whistleblowers

    PH0021, 2013, Access to Information

  41. Engage Civil Society in Public Audit

    PH0022, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  42. Enhance Performance Benchmarks for Local Governance

    PH0023, 2013, Capacity Building

  43. Enhance the Government Procurement System

    PH0024, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  44. Strengthen Grassroots Participation in Local Planning and Budgeting

    PH0025, 2013, Fiscal Openness

  45. Provide More Accessible Government Data in a Single Portal and Open Format

    PH0026, 2013, Access to Information

  46. Starred commitment Initiate Fiscal Transparency in the Extractive Industry

    PH0027, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  47. Starred commitment Improve the Ease of Doing Business

    PH0028, 2013, Private Sector

  48. Disclose Executive Budgets

    PH0001, 2011, Fiscal Openness

  49. Access to Information Initiative

    PH0002, 2011, Access to Information

  50. Broader CSO Engagement

    PH0003, 2011, Public Participation

  51. Participatory Budget Roadmap

    PH0004, 2011, Fiscal Openness

  52. Local Poverty Reduction

    PH0005, 2011, Local Commitments

  53. Empowerment Fund

    PH0006, 2011, Capacity Building

  54. Social Audit

    PH0007, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  55. Results-Based Performance

    PH0008, 2011, Capacity Building

  56. Performance-Based Budgeting

    PH0009, 2011, Capacity Building

  57. Citizen’S Charters

    PH0010, 2011, Capacity Building

  58. Internal Audit

    PH0011, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  59. Single Portal for Information

    PH0012, 2011, Access to Information

  60. Integrated Financial Management System

    PH0013, 2011, E-Government

  61. Electronic Bidding

    PH0014, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  62. Procurement Cards

    PH0015, 2011, Anti-Corruption

  63. Manpower Information System

    PH0016, 2011, E-Government

  64. Expand the National Household Targeting System (NHTS)

    PH0017, 2011, Public Participation

  65. e-TAILS

    PH0018, 2011, E-Government

  66. Budget Ng Bayan

    PH0019, 2011, Fiscal Openness

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