Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III vowed yesterday to revamp labor inspectors and officials for incompetence and dishonesty amid complaints they have turned deaf and blind on violations of labor and safety standards in workplaces.
“I will reorganize some of the people in the department, including labor inspectors,” Bello said, adding that aside from losing their jobs, inspectors will face administrative charges if found guilty of accepting bribes from employers.
He said: “There are reports that some labor inspectors are blind and are turning a deaf ear on the violations of different companies and employers. One example of this violation is the current working state of salesladies who were prohibited to take short breaks on their duties.”
“Papalitan namin ang mga inspectors dyan na mga walang mata at bingi,” Bello said.
Bello also vowed that the Department will continue to fight for the rights and protection of the workers even as he urged the public to report to or file a complaint at Hotline 1349 on erring labor inspectors.
He added that DOLE is also focusing on the abuses of various hospitals in the country where on-the-job trainees are being compelled to do regular jobs and do extended work despite their prescribed training hours without being paid.
Bello said that the department received reports that there are private hospitals which require nurses to pay for them to undergo training and gain experience.
“This is a clear violation of labor standards. There are nurses who go to hospitals to be trained, sila pa ang nagbabayad sa ospital para sa training. Anong klaseng patakaran yan? Hospitals should be screened properly by our labor inspectors,” an irate Bello added.
He added, “For our inspectors to allow that is the highest form of incompetence and dishonesty.”
Bello added that the Department will continue to fight for the rights and protection of the workers but first, they should report to or file a complaint so that we can immediately take action. Papalitan namin ang mga inspectors dyan na mga walang mata at bingi.