Baldoz authorizes 465 LLCOs to conduct joint assessment of 76,766 establishments for 2015
“For a uniform implementation of the Manual on Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) and its Procedures, conducting assessment would be a holistic approach that would assess establishments to ensure a positive working condition,” Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said this yesterday, as she announced the names of the DOLE’s 465 Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) she had authorized to conduct the assessment of 76,766 private establishments all over the country this year.
“On the pursuit of conducting a joint assessment, compliance visit, occupational safety and health standards investigation, technical safety inspection, and special visit of establishments, there are about 465 Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) who are authorized to conduct the said assessment for 2015. They will assess all establishments in their own places of assignment,” said Baldoz after she signed and issued Administrative Order No. 8 Series of 2015.
Of the 465 LLCOs, 297 holds the position of Senior Labor Employment Officers, while 168 holds the rank of Labor and Employment Officers III. They include the new recruits for the 372 positions President Aquino III has given to “boost the capacity of the DOLE to enforce all labor laws, ensure that existing jobs are preserved, and to ensure that compliance will not be a burden to foreign investors coming to create new jobs.”
Per region, the distribution of the 465 LLCOs are as follows: CAR, 15; NCR, 131; Region 1, 8; Region 2, 9; Region 3, 51; Region 4-A, 53; Region 4-B, 10; Region 5, 12; Region 6, 28; Region 7, 44; Region 8, 11; Region 9, 12; Region 10, 19; Region 11, 37; Region 12, 14; and Caraga, 11.
The assessment work of the 465 LLCOs shall cover all private establishments, including their branches and workplaces, particularly those engaged in hazardous work, employing child employees, engaged in contracting and subcontracting arrangements, Philippine-registered ships or vessels engaged in domestic shipping, and those employing 10 or more employees.
The conduct of assessment is pursuant to Article 128 of the Labor Code and Department Order No. 131-13, otherwise known as the Rules on Labor Laws Compliance System which promulgates the necessary rules and regulations on labor inspection under Article 5 and the amended visitorial and enforcement power of the Secretary of Labor and Employment under Article 128 of the Labor Code of the Philippines.
“The rules and regulations governing the conduct of assessment have the primary objectives of ensuring compliance with labor laws among private business establishments through effective dissemination of DOLE programs and services; improving work conditions, employer-employee relations, and productivity; and providing incentives for compliant establishments,” said Baldoz.
Since 2013, the DOLE has been implementing the new Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS), a tripartite-endorsed, ILO-assisted, revolutionary reform program in labor inspection that Secretary Baldoz has initiated to engender a culture of voluntary compliance with labor laws among business establishments in the country.
A combination of developmental and regulatory approaches in the enforcement of labor laws and social legislation, the new LLCS has been described as the first of its kind in the world and has heaped praises from business establishments.
This new labor laws compliance system encourages voluntary compliance with all labor laws, including safety and health regulations, and fosters labor-management cooperation through social dialogue,” said Baldoz.