TUCP elects new
officers; Mendoza steps down
December 14, 2012
QUEZON CITY –
Delegates of the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)
convention yesterday elected Victorino Balais and Gerard Seno as its
new president and general-secretary respectively.
Balais is the federation president of Philippine Transport and General
Workers Organization (PTGWO) while Seno is executive vice president of
the Associated Labor unions (ALU), the biggest labor federation in the
Esperanza Ocampo, president of the Philippine Government Employees
Association (PGEA) was elected as treasurer. The executive board
members were composed of Dolores Alegarbes, Temistocles Dejon,
Concepcion Dodd, Arnel Dolendo, Edmund Estavillo, Arthur Juego,
Gilbert Lorenzo, Michael Mendoza, Gerry Rivera, Cecilio Seno, Jose
Suan and June Elizabeth Tanqueng.
“This is the outcome of the convention called for by the TUCP
constitution and by-laws. In a way we are renewing our commitment with
the Filipino workers and our community. We now a fresh mandate to
champion the Filipino workers and that’s exactly what we are going to
do,” said Alan Tanjusay, TUCP advocacy officer.
The national convention was also attended by 49 labor groups
comprising the new labor coalition Nagkaisa!, and global unions
federations representatives from LO Norway, SASK, Building Wood
Workers International, and Public Services International (PSI).
The election of the new officers effectively terminates the term of
office of TUCP president Democrito Mendoza after serving the
institution for 34 years. In his farewell address, he recalled how
TUCP became a formidable force in shaping the Philippine Labor Code,
lobbied hard for tax exemption of minimum wage earners, the observance
of paternity and maternity leave, the establishment of Pag-ibig mutual
fund, the annual increase in wages and the strengthening collective
bargaining agreements in unions among others.
“With hard work and imagination, we all made the TUCP as an
institution the Filipino workers and their families can rely on,”
In other development, Mendoza also endorsed the candidacy of San Juan
City Rep. JV Ejercito after the latter addressed the convention.
“The TUCP hereby endorses the candidacy of JV for senator. When you go
to your voting precincts in May 2013 elections, write down the name of
JV in your ballots for senator,” said Mendoza to TUCP delegates and
members in attendance.
Mendoza cited the active support of Ejercito to the cause of the
workers and key labor policies particularly by defending in congress
the Philippine Airlines Employees Association case, authorship of the
Kasambahay bill and endorsement of the pending Security of Tenure
“We strongly believe that JV will further support pro-workers laws and
support policies advantageous to workers when he sits in the
Philippine senate,” added Mendoza.