The draft of the chapter operating guidelines was approved in a meeting held recently at the Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing Inc. (YTMI). ECOP chapters from North Luzon, Pangasinan, Calabarzon, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and Quezon attended  the meeting.


ECOP Director-General Jose Roland Moya said the guidelines are meant to standardize the membership fees, recruitment procedures, communication protocols, services delivery, and ECOP Secretariat support.


“The guidelines are long overdue especially because the chapters are rapidly growing and expanding their membership base. The chapters reinforce the representative character of ECOP. They demonstrate that ECOP’s members are not only NCR-based and large companies but small and medium enterprises, as well, which are dominant in the chapters,” Moya said.


The chapters in North Luzon- Baguio and Pangasinan- received a big boost when the Dutch Employers Cooperation Program (DECP) provided them technical support to establish a Secretariat and develop services for their members. The CALABARZON chapter and its component provincial branches in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon have also been conducting consultations on policy issues including wages and contracting and organizing workshops in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). They sent the biggest delegation during ECOP’s 40th National Conference of Employers held in May this year.


“With the guidelines, the provincial chapters in Calabarzon can now wage a more aggressive membership campaign. At least, they now have the tools and templates necessary to assist them in the drive to invite more members and deliver services with an even greater impact,” ECOP Calabarzon President Renato Almeda said.


The guidelines will now go to the ECOP Board of Governors for final approval.



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