Reiterating the commitment of the Department of Labor and Employment to strictly monitor establishments’ compliance to labor laws-mandated-social benefits, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday instructed all DOLE regional directors (RDs) to report the labor laws compliance officers’ findings on deficiencies of establishments in complying with SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-Ibig requirements.
“We must report to PhilHealth, as well as SSS and HDMF regional offices the deficiencies of establishments assessed by our Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs),” Baldoz enjoined the DOLE regional directors.
“I also urge employers to safeguard and protect the rights of our workers for any contingency arising from illness, including social benefits afforded by these state insurance institutions,” Baldoz said.
The DOLE’s Labor Laws Compliance System covered 65,301 establishments in 2014, and another 26,947 in January to August 2015. The assessment covered among others, general labor standards, such as mandatory SSS, PhilHealth, and Pag-ibig contributions, and occupation safety and health satandards.
The recorded SSS compliance in 2014 showed a 91.1 percent coverage rate, and an 89.5 percent remittance rate. Region 6 recorded the highest coverage rate at 97.9 percent, and a remittance rate of 98.0 percent, followed by Region1, with a coverage rate of97.3 percent and a remittance rate of 97.2 percent; and NCR with 96.8 percent coverage rate and 96.3 percent remittance rate.
For Pag-Ibig compliance in 2014, a national coverage rate of 88.7 percent, and an 87.5 percent remittance rate were recorded by the DOLE’s Labor Laws Compliance System. Region 6 topped the coverage rate at 97.0 percent, and remittance rate at 97.4 percent, followed by NCR with 95.9 compliance rate and 95.6remittance rate, and by the Cordillera Administrative Region with both 94.6 coverage and compliance rates.
The national PhilHealth compliance assessment in 2014 showed a 90.8 percent coverage rate, and an 89.3 percent remittance rate. Region 6 recorded the highest coverage rate at 98.1 percent, and a remittance rate of 98.2 percent, followed by Region 1 with both 97.0 percent compliance and remittance rates; and NCR, with 96.5 coverage rate and 96.1remittance rate.
For the period 1 January to 31 August 2015, the national SSS coverage rate is at 85.8 percent, while the remittance rate is at 83.8 percent. The top three regions with highest compliance rates are Region 6 (95.6 percent coverage rate and 95.3 percent remittance rate), Region 1 (94.5 percent coverage rate, and 96.5 percent remittance rate); and NCR (92.2 percent coverage rate and 90.6 percent remittance rate).
The January to August 2015 Pag-Ibig national coverage rate is at 82.9 percent and the remittance rate is at 81.7 percent. Region 6 recorded the highest coverage rate at 93.6 percent and a remittance rate of 93.7 percent, followed by Region 1 with 89.9 percent coverage rate, and 92.2 percent remittance rate; and NCR, with 91.0 percent coverage rate and 89.8 percent remittance rate.
The January to August 2015 PhilHealth national coverage rate is recorded at 85.0 percent and the remittance rate is at 83.5 percent. Region 6, along with Region 1, recorded the highest Philhealth compliance, or 94.4 percent coverage rate and 95.5-percent remittance rate; and 93.9 percent coverage rate and 96.0 percent remittance rate, respectively, followed by NCR with a 91.6 percent coverage rate and 90.5 percent remittance rate.
“We must all aim for a 100 percent compliance and remittance with regards SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-Ibig premium contributions to genuinely adhere to decent work indicators and comply with labor laws,” Baldoz said.
The Secretary added that the LLCS encourages voluntary compliance, wherein establishments with deficiencies are given the opportunity to comply, or correct, the deficiencies noted during the assessments by the LLCOs. “So there is no reason for establishments to be remiss of their legal and moral responsibility to their employees,” Baldoz said.
The LLCS assesses the compliance of establishments to all Labor Laws, which include the General Labor Standards (GLS), Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) and other related labor laws and issuances. This covers provisions on wages, hours of work and other non-monetary benefits as well as the standards that refer to the conditions of work premises, required personal protective equipment (PPE) and health programs, and other related laws dealing with occupational safety and health.
The system also checks the workplace’s observance of labor rights and key indicators in the country’s decent work profile such as observance of minimum wage, overtime pay, holiday pay, night shift differential pay, service incentive leave pay, 13th month pay and other monetary benefits prescribed by law.
The OSHS on the other hand checks if the establishment is registered with the DOLE, implements the use of personal protective equipment, has an established safety and health committee, and complies, among others, with the administrative reports on safety and health.