Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday bared that that there are now 85 Voluntary Codes of Good Practices (VCGPs) in various industries and important job-generating sectors in the country.
“Our relentless pursuit of a culture of voluntary labor standards and occupational safety and health standards compliance is slowly but surely changing workplaces in a number of positive ways,” she said, after receiving the report of Bureau of Labor Relations Director Atty. Romeo M. Montefalco, Jr., saying that the bureau continues to promote the adoption of VCGPs among industries.
The VCGPs are aimed at promoting a culture of voluntary compliance with labor laws among industries toward enhanced productivity, decent work, industrial harmony, and increased competitiveness.
A reform measure of the DOLE, the formulation and forging of VCGPs are based on Department Order No. 115-11, Series of 2011, or the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Incentivizing Compliance Program (ICP), which Baldoz issued on 6 May 2011.The National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (NTIPC) supports the reform.
In his report, Director Montefalco, Jr. said there are now VCGPs nationwide in the followings industries: Banking, Aviation, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Bus Transport, Cargo and Logistics, Electronics and Semiconductors, farm-based industries like Abaca, Banana, Plantations, Pineapple, and Rubber, Fishing, Construction, Hospitals, Hotels and Restaurants, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Maritime, Marine, Mining, Power and Electricity, Schools and the Academe, Sub-Contracting, Shipbuilding and Repair, Tourism and Eco-Tourism, and Wood-based industries.
Baldoz emphasized that as the economy reaches a higher level of sophistication and international competitiveness, the growth in the number of VCGPs indicates the capacity of business enterprises for self-governance and voluntary compliance with labor standards and occupational safety and health standards.
According to Montefalco, seven new VCGPs have been forged this year in the following industries: mining industry in Region III; sugar in Region IV-A; manufacturing in Region VIIl; maritime in Region VII and in Region X; bus transport in Region VIII; and the Academe in Region XII.
The region with the most number of VCGPs forged are Region III, with 15; National Capital Region, Regions VIII, X and XII, with seven each; Region I with six; Regions IV-A, VII, and CARAGA with 5each; Regions IV-B, VI and XI with four each; Region IX with three; and CAR, Regions II and V with two VCGPs each.
The highest concentration of VCGPs are in the following: Hotels and Restaurants, 22; Academe/Schools/Education, nine; Construction, seven; Business Process Outsourcing, six; Mining, four; Bus/Transport, Maritime, and Banana, with three each; Security/Janitorial, Fishing, Canning and Allied Services, Hospitals, Sugar, Power/Electricity, Pineapple, two each; and one VCGP each in Aviation, Broadcast, Cargo and Logistics, Electronics and Semiconductors, Manufacturing, Marine, Shipbuilding and Repair, Tourism and Eco-Tourism, Rubber, Abaca, Plantation, and Wood-based sectors.
“In effect, by fostering a culture of voluntary compliance with labor standards and occupational safety and health standards and other relevant labor laws, VCGPs ensure better workplace conditions and workers’ welfare,” Baldoz said.
“They also fortify our anti-child labor and anti-human trafficking initiatives; make construction sites safer; ensure decent work; increases productivity; and enhances competitiveness, which are all consistent with the overarching goal stated by President Benigno S. Aquino III, in his 22-point labor and employment agenda, to ‘invest in our country’s top resource, our human resource, to make us more competitive and employable while promoting industrial peace based on social justice’,”Baldoz said finally.