Kapatiran WISE-TAV update
Number of 'Big Brother' surges to 115; 'Small Brother' to 1,036; workers benefited to 256,486
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday reported there are now 115 'Big Brother' and 1,036 'Small Brother' companies enrolled under the DOLE's Kapatiran WISE-TAV Program, effectively bringing under the umbrella of social protection--benefits from voluntary compliance with general labor standards and occupational safety and health (OSH) standards--256,486 workers.
“These numbers speak a lot. They represent an immense improvement from the March 2012 data of the Bureau of Working Condition showing only 80 'Big Brother' and 840 'Small Brother' companies enrolled in the program and benefiting 209,243 workers," said Secretary Baldoz.
"These numbers also show strong proof that voluntary compliance and adherence to general labor and OSH standards through the Kapatiran WISE-TAV Program is effective and gaining acceptance and support. We hope to see a culture of voluntary compliance with labor laws as a way of life in this country very soon," Baldoz added.
The Kapatiran WISE-TAV Para sa Mas Ligtas, Malusog, at Produktibong Manggagawa is a flagship public-partnership program of the DOLE anchored on the ILO's Work Improvement in Small Enterprises Program, whose action-oriented approach has long proven to link productivity and product quality to safer and better working conditions.
The Kapatiran WISE-TAV encourages large companies, the “Big Brothers” engaged in third-party contracting or sub-contracting to coach or mentor their contractors or subcontractors, the “Small Brothers” to become fully compliant with general labor standards and OSH standards, as well as with other labor laws.
Baldoz credited the credible achievement of the "Big Brother, Small Brother" to the DOLE's strict implementation of Department Order No. 18-A, or the “Rules Implementing Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code, As Amended”.
D.O. 18-A clearly defines legitimate contracting and subcontracting activities to foster responsible and ethical subcontracting. It amends existing regulations on job contracting and subcontracting arrangements under D. O. 18, Series of 2002, and emphasizes a more secured and humane work condition for workers of job contracting firms. It also provides clear-cut rules and regulations aimed at curbing abuses of such practices as "5-5-5", "6-6-6", and "endo" (end-of-contract) to boost workers’ protection and productivity.
Under Sec. 35 of D.O. 18-A, principals and subcontractors are encouraged to enroll and participate in the Kapatiran WISE-TAV Program to foster a culture of voluntary compliance with labor standards and OSH standards and also to the DOLE's Incentivizing Compliance Program under D.O. 115, Series of 2011.
DOLE Undersecretary for Labor Relations Rebecca Chato had said the track of D.O. 18-A is towards developmental compliance.
"We would like to foster a culture of compliance among companies and their contractors and subcontractors," she had said.
The latest "Big Brother" to enroll in the Kapatiran WISE-TAV program was San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation's (SMYPC) Manila Glass Plant and Manila Plastics Plant and their 14 sub-contractors or third-party service providers.
Prior to SMYPC's sign-up with the program, the more recent enrollees are ABC Development Corporation or TV 5, Pilipinas Shell, Petroleum Corporation, Mega Masterlink Fabricator and Electrical Services Corporation, New Plastimate Manufacturing, Inc., DHL Global Forwarding, and Cofta Moulding Corporation.
In 2011, a total of 59 “Big Brother” and 601 “Small Brother" companies covering 140,507 workers enrolled in the program, a spectacular growth from only four “Big Brothers” and 59 “Small Brothers” covering 9,554 workers in 2010.
Some of the companies that enrolled in 2011 included blue-chip firms such as Mead Johnson Corporation, EEI Corporation, San Miguel Corporation, San Miguel Purefoods Corporation, Continental TEMIC, Suyen Corporation or Bench, Unilever Philippines, Vishay Philippines, Inc., D.M. Consunji, Inc., Synthetic Marketing Industrial Corp., FEU-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, Fompac Plastics Corporation; SN Aboitiz Power (Benguet and Magat), Inc., Moog Controls Corporation, Ginebra San Miguel (Sta. Barbara, San Fernando, and Cabuyao), Holcim Philippines, Keppel Subic Shipyard, United Pulp and Paper Company, Trust International Corporation, Team Energy, Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Philippines, PASAR Corporation, TARBEMCO, Sibugay Valley CATV MPC, Sam’s Fastfood and Bakeshop;
Nestle Cagayan de Oro, DOLE Stanfilco Plastic Plant, DOLE Stanfilco Calinan Zone, DOLE Stanfilco New Products Develoment, DOLE Stanfilco Luna Zone, Stanfilco VHT, DOLE Stanfilco Valley Zone, Carmen Corrugated Container, Inc., Stanfilco Panabo Zone, DOLE Plant Biotech Facility, Nakayama Technology Corporation, CJ Toyota Tsusho Philippines, Inc., Therma Marine, DORECO, NCCC, Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc., SUMIFRU Philippines, Tagum Development Co., Mindanao Corrugated Fireboard, San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Plant, Dole Philippines, Philsaga Mining Corporation, Celebes Oil Corporation; and, (for 2010) Amkor, TEAM Sual, Davao Light and Power Co., PLDT Davao, and Petron Corporation Davao Depot, said Baldoz.