COTABATO CITY – The Bangsamoro Transition Authority introduced a measure on June 16 that would establish tripartism and a system for social dialogue in the private sector and the Bangsamoro Civil Service in order to increase participation in decision-making, consultative, and policy-making bodies.
BTA Bill No. 193, also known as the Bangsamoro Tripartism and Social Dialogue Act, is principally authored by Member of Parliament Romeo Sema, who was the former minister of the Ministry of Labor and Employment.
Under the proposed measure, the Bangsamoro Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (BTIPC) will be constituted as the primary consultative body for tripartite advisement and consultation among labor, employer, and government sectors in the formulation, review, and implementation of labor, employment, economic, and social policies in the region.
If passed into law, BTIPC will be composed of representatives from labor, employer, and government sectors, equally represented based on the number of existing and duly registered organizations in BARMM.
The bill will also ensure sectoral representation in the governing boards of social welfare bodies, agencies, and GOCCs; the Bangsamoro Economic Zone Authority (BEZA), Bangsamoro Tripartite Wage and Productivity Board (BTWPB); and the Overseas Land-based and Sea-based Tripartite Committee (OLSTC).
Tripartism, as defined in the bill, is the mechanism and process for negotiation, consultation, or exchange of information between and among representatives of governments, employers’, and workers’ organizations on economic and social issues of common interest.
The proposed bill enumerates the various mechanisms for social dialogue in the workplace.
In the proposed bill, a Bangsamoro Public Sector Social Dialogue Committee (BPSSDC) will be established to make the delivery of government services transparent, graft- free, effective, professionalized, and productive.
As for the private sector, a Labor- Management Committee/ Cooperation (LMC) will be established in all business enterprises operating in the region as a workplace-based mechanism for social dialogue, in addition to collective bargaining negotiations.
The bill will apply to all registered and operating private establishments in the region, as well as the Bangsamoro civil service. It will cover all branches, subdivisions, instrumentalities, and government agencies, including government-owned or controlled corporations, state or local universities and colleges, and local government units.
MOLE and the Bangsamoro Civil Service will be tasked to formulate the implementing rules and regulations once the proposed bill will be enacted. (LTAIS- Public Information, Publication and Media Relations Division)