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Arroyo bats for tripartism

By Billy Caluag

Former President Gloria Arroyo, who is now Pampanga Representative, stressed on the need for tripartism and inclusive economic development in the corporate world in her keynote speech at the 38th National Conference of Employers recently.  
Arroyo said she is backing tripartism to bring good relationship between  government, employers and employees.
Part of this year’s NCE theme was a particular interest of Arroyo which was “Principle-Based, Inclusive and Sustainable Business.”
“Principle-Based” business,  Arroyo said, in relation with labor means business in the Philippines must be compliant with the four categories of the international labor standards. These categories are forced labor, child labor, equality of opportunity and treatment.
She expounded on how each of these has some place in the Philippines like those children on the streets who fall victim to syndicates and people with criminal records finding work.
She also mentioned the struggles of Muslims in their pursuit to find honest work.
Arroyo trusted ECOP to overcome such social struggles.
In her speech, Arroyo likewise related “inclusive business” to corporate social responsibility (CSR). CSR basically shows the corporation’s initiative to take responsibility for its  environmental and social effects.
However,  she said CSR is not the only way to be inclusive in business. She said there is also what she called the ‘public point of view’ which goes to social justice and labor relations.
She also cited President Duterte’s plan to remove end-of-contract (Endo) practices where contractualization allows companies to fire and rehire employees without giving them benefits of a full time employee.
ECOP supported moves to remove Endo.
ECOP said it will support tripartism. It also supported move of the Duterte administration to abide by the Paris Agreement to make the Philippines a more resilient and a helping hand to fight climate change.

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