Geneva, Switzerland. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI), a  global union federation of democratic and free trade unions in the building, building materials, wood, forestry and allied industries, inked a cooperation agreement on 08 June 2016 to train DOLE’s Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) in conducting compliance assessments at construction sites.

The DOLE was represented by Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz while BWI was represented by Mr. Alberto Emilio “Ambet” Yuson, its General Secretary.

“This is a first in the Department to have a training and capacity building cooperation agreement with a global federation and definitely, this will not be the last,“ the Labor Secretary declared, as a similar off-campus on-line training agreement for the LLCOs is being developed with the Turin School of Development in Italy for LLCOs.

The DOLE under the new Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) has developed industry specific checklists and is developing a pool of industry specialists from its current corps of 574 LLCOs as it aims to secure higher level of compliance with labor laws and occupational health and safety standards by industries. Those considered as hazardous, such as the construction, fishing and mining industries, are priorities, given the high incidence of workplace accidents.

“I believe that BWI, being focused on the working conditions of construction industry worldwide, is an expert in the field and can help the Department in developing the expertise of our LLCOs, as well as of the unions and the DOLE accredited Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) practitioners in the industry,” Baldoz said.

BWI is a global federation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland whose mission is to promote the development of trade unions in their concerned sectors throughout the world and to promote and enforce workers’ rights in the context of sustainable development. It has more than 300 member-unions coming from the building, building materials, wood, forestry, and allied sectors in 130 countries.

The agreement will run for three years starting from 2016 until 2018.

BWI will provide construction-related in-campus and off-campus capacity-building activities for LLCOs, and assist the Department in the development of innovative learning platforms and education programs to facilitate experience sharing and institution building.

A Technical Working Group of DOLE and BWI will meet this July in the Philippines to identify the courses to be conducted for the in-campus and off-campus capacity building activities; and design and develop the learning and training programs for industry/sector compliance with the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) in the lead.



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