The Department of Labor and Employment Cordillera Administrative Region has gathered members of the Family Welfare Federation, including its stakeholders, both in private and public, in a regional summit on the Family Welfare Program (FWP) on 16 October 2014 at the Venue Park View Hotel in Baguio City.
“The regional summit on the Family Welfare Program was successful, with“Representatives from 41 organizations—educational institutions, hotel and restaurants, electric cooperatives, manufacturing, business process outsourcing services, retail and whole, management services, and mining in the region—comprising the 77 summit participants. They are either human resources managers, administrators, company nurses, and safety officers,” Henry John Jalbuena, DOLE-CAR Regional Director, said.
The Family welfare Program is mandatory in establishments with more than 200 workers. It is aimed at promoting a healthy workplace as a key to business success.
At the summit, participants discussed best practices to attain better quality of life of the worker’s family that will contribute to reduce absenteeism and tardiness, as well as to a reduced job turn over; better quality workforce with high productive capacity; and significantly improved and peaceful industrial relations.
“The DOLE’s Family Welfare Program seeks to introduce the concept of promoting the welfare of the workers and their families as key to workplace productivity and improved worker-management relations,” said Jalbuena.
The summit was highlighted by an open forum where participants clarified issues and concerns on Family Planning and Reproductive Health, Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Violence against Women and Children, Values Formation and Work Ethics and Updates on Employees Compensation Program.
In his message at the summit, Jalbuena said a company which has a Family Welfare Committee induces harmonious relationships between employer and employee. He said employers with FWP will have to look not only at profits, but also at the 10 FWP dimensions, namely, Reproductive Health/ Responsible Parenthood; Education/Gender Equality; Spirituality and Values Formation; Income Generation/ Livelihood/ Cooperative; Medical Health Care; Nutrition; Environment Protection; Hygiene and Sanitation; Sports and Leisure and Housing and Transportation.
“These 10 dimensions result to better productivity of a company,” stated Judith R. Adina, President of the Family Welfare Federation–CAR.
The FWP is one of the DOLE’s strategies in fulfilling the goal of decent work for Filipino workers laid down in President Benigno Aquino III’s 22-point Labor and Employment Agenda and the Labor and Employment Plan 2011-2016.