Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that the DOLE has resumed the assessment activity under the Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS). “We have resumed our assessment of 76,908 establishments’ compliance to labor laws and social legislations. For this year, a total of 574 Labor Laws Compliance Officers were issued with General Authority to undertake assessment activities,” said Baldoz.
Secretary Baldoz said that since its implementation in 2014, LLCS has already covered 127,255 establishments. “Compared to the annual average number of covered establishments under the old inspection system, it would take 6.1 years to duplicate what the LLCS has accomplished in just two years,” Secretary Baldoz
This year, it is expected that all large establishments will be covered. Among the large establishments that will be assessed are major malls in the National Capital Region and community and lifestyle malls in other regions; fashion and beauty related companies such as Golden ABC and HBC; and groups of companies such as Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. The DOLE teams will also cover technology and communications stores such as Silicon Valley, Sun Cellular, and Abenson.
The following well-known establishments have also been identified for assessment: Banapple, Honda Prestige, Office Warehouse, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and Executive Optical. Industries such as Hotels, BPOs, and Oil and Gas Companies will also be focused on.
In the last two years of implementation of LLCS, the following have been issued with Certificates of Compliance to General Labor Standards and Occupational Safety and Health Standards: Accenture, Inc., Convergys Philippines, Del Monte Phils., DOLE Phils., Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc., Pfizer, Inc., Regent Food Corporation, Magnolia Inc., Monde Nissin Corporation, Wyeth Philippines, Yakult Marketing Corporation, JAM Liner, Inc., Semirara Mining and Power Inc., Gaisano Malls, and LTS Department Stores, Inc. (NCCC Malls). The complete list may be viewed at the website of the Bureau of Working Conditions at http://www.bwc.dole.gov.ph.
LLCS implements three modalities in assessing establishments’ compliance to labor standards and social legislation. First is joint assessment, which involves tripartite assessment of establishments’ compliance to labor laws and social legislations. Second is compliant visit, which is conducted when there is a complaint and undertaken to validate establishments’ compliance to labor laws and social legislations. Third is occupational safety and health standards investigation which is done when there is an imminent danger, dangerous occurrences, accident, and OSHS violation committed in plain view.
Establishments found non-compliant with GLS and OSHS are given 10 days and three months, respectively, to institute actions to correct noted deficiencies. The LLCOs assist establishment in formulating action plans to correct the noted deficiencies. However, establishments are required to institute corrective actions if the OSHS violation poses imminent danger to the life and limb of workers.
“We assure everyone that we will remain relentless in our pursuit to ensure that all workers are afforded their well-deserved rights and benefits under the laws, regardless of where they are employed. Last year, we focused on micro and small enterprises. This year, we will also prioritize large and well-known companies not only to ensure that their workers enjoy mandated benefits but also to promote a culture of voluntary compliance among these industry leaders,” Baldoz emphasized.