Department of Labor and Employment
December 10, 2020
DOLE pursues ratification to end workplace violence
THE labor department is pushing for the ratification of the Violence and Harassment Convention of the International Labour Organization (ILO), called Convention No. 190.
To set things in motion, a Technical Working Committee (TWC) was created by the DOLE, tasked to conduct consultative, policy research, and advocacy approaches necessary for the Philippines to ratify Convention 190.
One of the concerned offices that form part the committee is the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC).
BWC is a staff bureau of the labor department mandated to administer and enforce all laws concerning working conditions in private establishments.
Undersecretary Claro Arellano, during one of the webinar series led by ILS, said the impending ratification provides a critical opportunity for the country to strengthen its existing legal and institutional mechanisms in addressing violence and harassment in the world of work.
“We, therefore, need to ensure continuing social dialogue towards its ratification,” said Undersecretary Arellano.
The current initiatives that DOLE through BWC has put into place to help eliminate violence and harassment in workplaces was the mainstreaming of anti-violence and harassment laws on its enforcement-related activities.
Among the laws that are being monitored on its enforcement activities include Republic Act No. 7877, or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995; RA No. 8972, or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000; RA No. 9262, or the Anti-Violence Against Women and Their Children Act of 2004; RA No. 10028, or the Expanded Breastfeeding Act of 2009; and the RA No. 11313, or the Safe Spaces Act.
The integration of these laws in the DOLE’s inspection system is essential in ending violence and harassment in the world of work. The Department stands firm on its perspective that protection against violence and harassment must be rightfully and equally given to all workers.