Davao Region pioneers first code of good practices in ICT industry

Subscribe Now November 13, 2010 at 10:20pm

Various stakeholders in the ICT BPO Industry in Davao Region and the Department of Labor and Employment inked on Wednesday (November 11) the country's first Voluntary Code of Good Practices on Decent Work at the Grand Regal Hotel, this city. It took the stakeholders more than a month to draft the code, re-written seven times until finally approved by the members of the Industrial Tripartite Council.

Labor regional director Jalilo de la Torre described the code as "descriptive, affirmative, and aspirational," saying it embodies the commitment of ICT BPO management in promoting good practices on decent work in this particular industry.

"This is a result of social partnership in action because even Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz regularly sent her comments and suggestions which form part in the content of the code," said de la Torre.

Baldoz attended the signing of the code as it serves a pioneering undertaking that she calls worth replicating in other regions, not just on ICT BPO industry but to all other industries as well.

One of the objectives of the code is to promote preservation through efficiency-enhancing measures that includes human resource strategies that can minimize employment loss.

Industry stakeholders committed to practice what has been written in the code. On work and occupational health safety, the commitment was to implement measures to mitigate effects of night work on the health of the employees.

ICT BPO companies are also committed to observe Philippine holidays, including allowable holidays of the country where the principals are based. However, they plan to petition the national government to allow the substitution of one or more of Philippine holidays with foreign holidays.

The companies are also bound to empower the workers to be well-rounded, multi-skilled and flexible. They have committed to refrain from retrenching during times of economic downturn. They shall apply job preservation measures like job rotation and other flexible work arrangements.

De la Torre announced that what is unique in the code is the non-toleration of talent poaching between and among the said companies. They have also committed equal opportunity and not discriminate women, youth, elderly or persons with disabilities.

Although the code is self-policing, the officers of ICT-BPO Davao will spearhead the monitoring by updating the ICT BPO Industry Tripartite Council on the voluntary compliance of the signatories.

The DOLE chief has also signified commitment to support the monitoring mechanism of the said code.

Participating companies and organizations include ICT Davao, Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council, Association of Computer Businesses in Mindanao, Business Process Association of Davao Inc, Concentrix Technologies Inc., Davao Investors, Software Development Afterfive Technologies, Davao United Association of Animators, Cube Pixel Studio, Davao Software Industry, Segworks Technologies, Philippine Society of IT Educators XI, Internet Café Association of Davao, Transcription Alliance of Davao.

Source: pia.gov.ph

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