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IR/HR Certification Course (Batch 2) Module 9: Labor Relations in Unionized and Non-unionized Enterprises: Collective Bargaining, Labor-Management Cooperation, and other Social Dialogue Mechanisms

January 17 @ 9:00 am - January 18 @ 5:00 pm

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One event on January 18, 2019 at 9:00am

₱7650 – ₱10500


Social dialogue is a process that includes all types of negotiation, consultation or exchange of information between or among representatives of the government, the employers and the workers on issues of common interest relating to economic and social policy, as well as to productivity, terms and conditions of employment, and the welfare and well-being of workers. Broadly understood, social dialogue embraces all kinds of interactions between workers and employers at various levels within and outside the enterprise. It includes those between or among representatives of government, employers and workers in tripartite bodies. It also includes those directly between employers and employees through collective bargaining, labor-management cooperation and other similar processes.


It is imperative that business performance and productivity among enterprises be anchored on cooperative and harmonious labor relations characterized by responsible and effective employee participation in decision-making processes on matters affecting them. Whether it is tripartism, collective bargaining, labor-management cooperation or some other similar form of interaction, meaningful social dialogue is essential to enable employers and workers to respond to competition, take advantage of opportunities, adapt to change and improve business performance. Experience shows that there is relative peace and productivity in workplaces where social dialogue is institutionalized. Conversely, its absence often leads to communication breakdown and unstable labor-management relations.


This module of the Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management Certification Course aims to recognize the positive contributions of social dialogue toward sound and productive labor-management relations in both unionized and non-unionized firms; and to promote strategic collective bargaining principles.




  1. Introduction to Social Dialogue
  2. Concept of SD
  3. Benefits of SD
  4. Setting Up the SD Mechanism
  5. Promoting Shared Responsibility, Managing Conflicts and Differences
  6. Basic Negotiation Concepts and Principles
  7. Overview of Collective Bargaining (CB) in the Philippines
  8. Basic Collective Bargaining Concepts and Principles
  9. The Law on Collective Bargaining
  10. Strategic Negotiations Toward Creating and Enhancing Joint Value




  • Lectures
  • Case studies/group work





Professor, UP College of Law and UP SOLAIR


Atty. Bitonio is a practicing lawyer, an independent consultant, and a professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines. He is a subject matter expert on industrial relations, employment, labor law and regulation, public management, and development management and finance. He has done policy, management, legal and labor relations consulting in several national institutions and private companies in the Philippines including with the Employers Confederation of the Philippines, and in international organizations such as the International Labour  Organization (ILO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the ASEAN Trade Union Council. He has been a consultant on projects for strengthening industrial relations institutions in the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. He has broad knowledge of international labour standards and of labour and employment relations and economic integration issues in South East Asia and the Pacific. He is frequently invited to speak in national and international forums and has published articles and papers on labour and industrial relations.


Prior to engaging in private practice and consultancy, Atty. Bitonio served the Philippine government for twenty years, including as director of labor relations, assistant secretary and undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment; chairman of the National Labor Relations Commission; and executive vice president and chief development officer of the Development Bank of the Philippines and chief executive officer of the Industrial Guarantee and Loan Fund. In various years, he was Philippine government adviser/delegate to the annual International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva, served as Philippine representative to the ILO Governing Body in 2004 to 2006, and chaired the Committee on Technical Cooperation in the ILC in 2006.


Atty. Bitonio obtained degrees in Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines, and a Master in Public Management degree from the National University of Singapore (NUS) during which he was also an executive fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is currently based in Metro Manila, where he also lives with his wife and daughter.


January 17 @ 9:00 am
January 18 @ 5:00 pm
₱7650 – ₱10500
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