Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors (PALSCON)

PALSCON holds 6th National Forum

Forum to tackle vital labor issues such as “ENDO,” “5-5-5”

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, 14 November 2016 - The Philippine Association of Legitimate Service Contractors (PALSCON) today holds its annual 6th National Forum with the hope of helping clear the air with regard to vital labor issues like “ENDO” or “End of Contract” and “5-5-5.”

These are among the hottest topics in today’s very important forum, especially in light of strong calls by the government and the general public to once and for all put an end to these unfair labor practices.

Through the forum, PALSCON, the premier association of legitimate service contractors in the country, is putting itself at the forefront of helping come up with winnable solutions against “ENDO” and “5-5-5” together with other concerned groups and stakeholders. In the past, PALSCON already collaborated with labor and employers’ groups and the national government, in particular the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), to hopefully put an end to these illegal employment practices.

“The situation now is very challenging especially to the legitimate service contractors who have become seriously affected with the allegations that our industry is propagating these practices, which is absolutely not true,” declares Arturo “Butch” Guerrero III, Chairman of the PALSCON 6th National Forum and PALSCON’s 2014 and 2015 National President.

Among the other topics to be tackled during the forum include Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Ramon Lopez and the “win-win” scenario proposed by the government, and the service contracting industry’s importance as presented by Atty. Josephus Jimenez, Past President of the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) for 2015 and current PMAP President Jesse Rebustillo.

The issue of ongoing labor inspections on labor-only contracting by Bureau of Labor Relations Director Benjo Benavidez will also be tackled while the DOLE will also inform attendees of the rules of inspection so PALSCON members will be properly guided during inspections and comply with labor laws. The stand of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) will also be made known and announced by ECOP President Donald Dee and PCCI President George Barcelon, respectively.

As for the international scenario, the International Labor Organization (ILO) will show that service contracting is a practice well received in other countries and that the Philippines needs it to be globally competitive in the ASEAN market and in the global supply chain, according to Guerrero.

For its part, the World Employment Confederation (formerly International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies or CIETT), of which PALSCON is a member, will present valuable research data which it hopes will advance the cause of service contracting in the Philippines.

Since the forum’s theme is about Tripartism, the trade unions, represented by the President of the Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Atty. Sonny Matula and Past President Atty. Allan Montano will be on hand to air the side of the workers.

And as hailed during its last General Membership Meeting, PALSCON will present its manifesto, which was supported by the ECOP, the PCCI, the Makati Business Club (MBC) and the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Foundation, Inc. or SEIPI in order to show the strength and unity among the largest employer groups in the country.

Guerrero again reiterated the importance of the forum. “This is a very timely and important event for PALSCON because not only is it an opportunity for all service contractors to gather in one place, it is also where we can show strength in unity in light of the issues, that we are the light of the industry and show how we can advance our cause. We hope that through this forum we can enlighten the government and show them and the general public how PALSCON can help clean the air of these issues and assure them of PALSCON members’ full and total compliance to existing labor laws.”

PALSCON: A Partner for Progress and Industrial PeaceThrough Collaborative Efforts with Government, Labor and Business  

November 14, 2016, 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila



7:00 AM to 8:30 AM
(90 minutes)


PALSCON Booth Expo
8:30 AM to 9:00 AM
(30 minutes)

Parade Order:
·         Workers representing various Industries
·         Past Presidents
·         Region 3 Chapter Officers
·         Region 4 Chapter Officers
·         Region 7 Chapter Officers
·         2016-2017 PALSCON Officers and Board of Trustees
·         6th National Forum Committee
·         6th National Forum Chair
·         2016-2017 PALSCON National President

The Prayer (Choir)
National Anthem (Choir)

VTR on Contractualization News/Issues

Handog ng Pilipino sa Mundo
Tagumpay nating Lahat
2 Other Marian Songs

Tiples de Santo Domingo

<slide show PALSCON in action photos>

9:00 AM to 9:10 AM
(10 minutes)
Welcome Remarks

<Segway to Traditional Awarding of Plaque of Appreciation to the 5th National Forum Chair

Ms. Rhoda C. Caliwara
National President, PALSCON

Award Presenters:
Ms. Rhoda C. Caliwara
2016-2017 National President, PALSCON

Mr. Arturo C. Guerrero III
6th National Forum Chair and 2014-2015 Immediate Past President, PALSCON

Ms. Sarah P. Deloraya
5th National Forum Chair and 2011-2013 Past President, PALSCON

9:10 AM to 9:20 AM
(10 minutes)
Forum Overview
Mr. Arturo C. Guerrero III
Chair, 6th National Forum and Immediate Past President, PALSCON

9:20 AM to 9:25 AM
(5 minutes)
Introduction of Hon. Mark O. Go
Mr. Henry Nuqui
Vice-President, PALSCON

9:25 AM to 9:40 AM
(15 minutes)
Opening Remarks

Hon. Mark O. Go
Representative, Baguio City
House of Representatives

9:40 AM to 9:45 AM
(5 minutes)

Introduction of Hon. Silvestre H. Bello III
Ms. Agnes Escalona
Board of Trustee, PALSCON

9:45 AM to 10:05 AM
(20 minutes)

Keynote Address

Hon. Silvestre H. Bello III
Secretary, Department of Labor and Employment
10:05 AM to 10:35 AM
(30 minutes)

Plenary 1:

PALSCON: Leading the Service Contracting Industry towards Labor Laws Compliance

D.O. No. 131-B, Revised Rules on Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS)

Atty. Alvin B. Curada
Director, Bureau of Working Condition
10:35 AM to 10:45 AM
(10 minutes)

Question and Answer

10:45 AM to 11:15 AM
(30 minutes)

Plenary 2:

Business Sectors: Win-Win Solution on Service Contracting

Hon. Ramon M. Lopez
Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry

11:15 AM to 11:25 AM
(10 minutes)

Question and Answer

11:25 AM to 11:55 AM
(30 minutes)

Panel Discussion 1:

The Challenges and Benefits of the Strict Compliance with Labor Laws

Tripartite Panel:

Atty. Johnson G. Cañete
Regional Director, DOLE NCR

Mr. Jesse Francis N. Rebustillo
President, PMAP

Atty. Allan S. Montaño
Past President, FFW

Moderator: Mr. Alex Tinsay

11:55 PM to 12:10 NN
(15 minutes)

Question and Answer

12:10 PM to 1:10 PM
(60 minutes)

Entertainment by Mr. Vince Lahora

12:50 PM to 1:10 PM
(20 minutes – during Lunch)

Induction of Chapter Officers and Induction of New Members

In order:

·         All Chapter Officers from Region 3, Region 4 and Region 7
·         All New Members
Inducting Officer:
Ms. Rhoda Caliwara
National President, PALSCON

Assisted by:
Mr. Armand Gutierrez
Membership Committee Chair, PALSCON

1:10 PM to 1:40 AM
(30 minutes)

Plenary 3:

Service Contracting DOs and DONTs: Protecting your company from Labor Only Contracting (LOC) Findings

Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez
Labor Lawyer, Former DOLE Undersecretary and Former PMAP President
1:40 PM to 1:50 PM
(10 minutes)

Question and Answer

1:50 PM to 2:30 PM
(40 minutes)

Panel Discussion 2:

Supporting DOLE Convergence Program: Attaining Increased Productivity and Industrial Peace thru Tripartism

Tripartite Panel:

·         Usec. Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III
Undersecretary, DOLE 

·         Asec. Alex V. Avila
Asst. Secretary, DOLE

·         Atty. Ranulfo P. Payos
Vice-President, ECOP

·         Atty. Ruben D. Torres
President, TUCP

Moderator: Mr. Alex Tinsay

2:30 PM to 2:45 PM
(15 minutes)

Question and Answer

2:45 PM to 3:15 PM
(30 minutes)

Plenary 4:

Deeper Understanding of Labor Advisory No. 10: Strict Prohibitions of Labor Only Contracting

Atty. Benjo Santos – Benavidez
Director, Bureau of Labor Relations

3:15 PM to 3:55 PM
(40 minutes)

Panel Discussion 3:

The Impact of Stricter Legitimate Service Contracting on the Labor Sector and Business Sector

Tripartite Panel:

·         Atty. Benjo Santos – Benavidez
Director, Bureau of Labor Relations

·         Amb. Donald G. Dee
Chairman Emeritus, ECOP

·         Atty. Jose Sonny G. Matula
President, FFW

Moderator: Mr. Alex Tinsay

3:55 PM to 4:10 PM
(15 minutes)

Question and Answer

4:10 PM to 4:40 PM
(30 minutes)

Panel Discussion 4:

Global Trends in Service Contracting, Moving to the Next Level to cope up with the Demands of the World Market


·         Mr. Federico R. Marquez Jr.
Assistant Corporate Secretary, ECOP and Past President, PMAP

·         Ms. Annemarie Muntz
President, World Employment Confederation

Moderator: Mr. Alex Tinsay

4:40 PM to 5:05 PM
(15 minutes)

Question and Answer

5:05 PM to 5:25 PM
(20 minutes)

Presentation of PALSCON Manifesto

Ms. Rhoda Caliwara
National President, PALSCON

<coming from the audience>
Motion to Accept the Manifesto: Mr. Froilan Florendo

<coming from the audience>
Second the Motion to Accept the Manifesto: Mr. Norman Cordon

5:25 PM to 5:30 PM
(5 minutes)

Closing Message
Mr. Rudy DC Enriquez
Past President, PALSCON
5:30 PM
End of Conference

6:00 PM onwards
Fellowship Night

Here is a short video from Question and Answer

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