Mahinog, Camiguin—Department of Labor and Employment-X (DOLE-X) Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante unveiled the Mahinog marker as Labor Laws Compliant Tourism municipality in the Province of Camiguin on 6 May 2015.
Mahinog Mayor Alex R. Jajalla disclosed to the regional director that “this increases job opportunities to our municipality.” Indeed, another history in the making as he led in the unveiling of the marker at Barangay Poblacion, Mahinog that reads: “Lex’s Clean Mahinog is a Labor Laws Compliant Tourism Destination.” Lex, sounding the same with let’s is the short cut name of Mayor ALex.
Witnessed by the Sangguiniang Bayan members and some municipal staff, DOLE-X was overwhelmed by the full support of the LGU that worked hard in undertaking joint assessment activities with some 15 operating establishments under the town together with Labor Laws Compliant Officers Brix A. Merlin, Bernadette Y. Hallazgo and Elna B. Seguiro.
Also present were Technical Support and Services Division Chief, Atheneus A. Vasallo; Camiguin Head Jose Errol A. Natividad; IMSD OIC- Administrative Chief Lucila S. Pulvera; and DOLE-X and LGU staff.
Meanwhile, Camiguin created the Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants Industry Tripartite Council (HRRITC) in 2013 with management and labor representatives, Susan M. Sykes and Argie Gucor, respectively, who both represented Camiguin Island Golden Sunset Resort.
The unveiling of the marker was a result after the province earned distinction and was declared as “Camiguin, Island Born of Fire is a Labor Laws Compliant Tourism Destination” and the first tourism destination in Mindanao to be Labor Laws Compliant on 13 March 2015, personally unveiled by DOLE Secretary, Rosalinda D. Baldoz.
“The Department is now ensured of Mahinog’s voluntary compliance to both general labor standards and occupation safety and health. Thus, workers enjoy a peaceful and productive working environment,” Director Agravante explained during the ceremonial merienda cena held at Queobe Restaurant.
He emphasized DOLE’s mandate to assist all companies in the region compliant to labor laws through the toolbox of programs and services, and congratulated the compliant municipality for the support extended to the Department in the implementation of Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) in this municipality.
He further underlined that the marker is a testimony of voluntary compliance with all labor laws, with the hope that other tourism destination in the island will realize the benefit of the program. (Glenford C. Labial/DOLE-X)