San Jose, Antique. The Provincial Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (PTIPC) of Antique in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment – Antique Field Office ended 2018 with a gift-giving activity as a way of giving back to the Antiqueños.
Around 75 elementary and high school students from indigent families of Barangay 8, San Jose de Buenavista received school supplies such as notebooks, ball pens, pencils, string bags and crayons with toothbrush and toothpaste from the Council to inspire them to continue their education despite poverty. Other partners such as the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Barbaza Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Medicus also gave calendars, discount cards and grocery items for the families of the children.
The activity aimed to encourage parents to continue providing for their children and supporting them all the way to attain a brighter future.
According to Mr. Vicente Lagunday, Asst. Vice Chair for Management, it’s high time to give back to the Antiqueños, and assisting children’s education is the best way to help. The Council is hoping to make this gift-giving an annual activity particularly during the Christmas season to share its blessings to the less fortunate Antiqueños, especially to children from poor families.
The Council which is chaired by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is composed of management and labor representatives from various sectors such as education, micro, small and medium enterprises, utilities, retail, among others. Other government agencies such as Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Social Security System (SSS) and LGU – PESO Managers are also members of the Council. The Council serves as a consultative and advisory mechanism, and functions primarily as a forum for tripartite advisement and consultation among organized labor, employer and government in the formulation and implementation of labor and employment policies.
The TIPC in the Province of Antique is active in the advocacy activities of DOLE and likewise works hand in hand to help the disadvantaged sectors in the Province including families of child laborers and sacada workers.