DOLE’s BLR leads in promoting wider understanding among social partners of new Labor Laws Compliance System
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has expressed delight over the active participation of labor and employers sector representatives in the various Regional Tripartite and Industrial Peace Councils and local Industry Tripartite Councils nationwide in the recent series of Area-Wide Orientation and Capacity Building on Labor Laws Compliance System and ILO Convention 81 (Labour Inspection Convention) that the DOLE’s Bureau of Labor Relations spearheaded in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao on the last week of October.
Conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the area-wide orientation and capacity building, sought to increase the awareness of the DOLE’s social partners about labor regulations and social legislations as embodied under Department Order No. 131-13, or the Rules on Labor Laws Compliance System and its Checklist, and to capacitate them toward the formulation of Corrective Plans of Action in case of compliance deficiencies.
DOLE Regional Directors, Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board Directors and Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Secretaries joined some 168 labor and employer representatives in the three-part consultations, held on 17 October 2014 at the Century Park Manila for the Luzon leg; 24 October 2014 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City for the Mindanao leg; and 30 October 2014 at the Sarrosa Hotel in Cebu City for the Visayas leg.
Secretary Baldoz, who was present in the Mindanao and Luzon consultations, emphasized the importance of bringing down the new system at the plant-level.
“We are very transparent here. We will not succeed, be effective, efficient, and transparent to our envisioned change if it is only us who know the system. This system is tripartite-endorsed, and this is for all of us,” she said.
“The only way we can foster a culture of voluntary compliance with all labor laws and regulations, as well as with occupational safety and health standards, is if we persist in raising awareness and increasing knowledge and understanding of what we in the DOLE is implementing,” she added.
Recognized as a revolutionary measure transforming the country’s labor inspectorate system, the ILO and US State Department and US Trade Representative have acknowledged the Philippines as the first country in the world to move its labor inspectorate system from the traditional “police-like” regulatory approach toward a combination of developmental and regulatory approaches fostering a culture of voluntary compliance and enforcement through the active participation of workers and employers’ representative and the Labor Laws Compliance Officer.
DOLE and ILO officials took turns in briefing the participants on the LMC and Productivity Convergence programs, Child Labor and Family Welfare Program, and the LLCS-Management Information System using the Labor and Employment Education Services (LEES), which are contained in the LLCS Checklist.
Sherlock Codilla, employer representative from RTIPC 8 and senior Manager of PASAR Corporation, in his closing message during the Visayas-wide orientation, expressed appreciation of the activity.
“This kind of pursuit by the government, especially with the presence of the ILO, is an exhilarating experience for management and workers because it will bring their companies into a level of excellence in performance, which is far-fetched if you dilly-dally,” he said.
Gerardo Mago II, vice chair for Labor of the Valenzuela TIPC, said during the Luzon-Wide undertaking:
“We thank the continuing efforts of the DOLE and the ILO to advocate the observance of labor standards, which is admittedly the most difficult to implement. We hope that the DOLE continues to help workers to improve relations between labor and employers”.
These area-wide activities supplemented the DOLE’s on-going advocacies on the new labor laws compliance system among labor federations and ECOP-member establishments.