Two thriving high-end establishments in Zamboanga del Norte became the newest additions to the growing list of quality tourist hubs in the country after Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz awarded Dakak Park Beach Resort in barangay Taguilon, Dapitan City, and Ariana Hotel in Airport Road, Minaog, Dipolog City, their respective Certificates of Compliance (COC) for passing the general labor and occupational safety and health standards assessment.
“Dakak Park Beach Resort’s earning its certificate of compliance will give further credence to Dapitan city’s distinction as the ‘The Shrine City’, and will complement its claim of being a community with rich culture and history. Meanwhile, Ariana Hotel now strategically stands as a model establishment in a city that is touted as the ‘Gateway to Western Mindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula.’ We are happy to note these developments unfolding in Mindanao. This will reinvigorate the island’s tourism industry which is a vital generator of employment,” said Baldoz during the awarding of COCs on 25 September.
Eujane Joy Elumba Doque, manager of Ariana Hotel received the Certificate of Compliance (COC) award from Secretary Baldoz and DOLE Region 9 Director Sisinio B. Cano, together with Undersecretary Rebecca C. Chato, NCMB Executive Director Shirley M. Pascual, and NWPC Executive Director Criselda P. Sy.
Doque said the establishment of Ariana Hotel supports and complements the advocacy of its owner, former DOTC Secretary Jesus B. Garcia and Consul Armi Lopez Garcia, “to provide education to the less fortunate and crossover from poverty, and to provide employment to the underprivileged.”
Doque also assured the DOLE officials that “they will not short-change their employees”. “Since the hotel opened in December 2012, my management system has always been a family-oriented and team style approach. Rest assured that our employees are in good hands. Thank you for acknowledging us with these certificates of compliance. We will continue to live by the standards given by DOLE,” Doque said after receiving the citation on behalf of the hotel’s management and staff.
Baldoz commended the hotel management for their assurance to sustain their labor laws compliance standards. “I support your commitment and work philosophy, Sumusuporta ako sa sinabi ninyo na hindi pwede i-shortchange ang mga empleyado,” the Secretary said, adding that the human resource is the most valuable asset of a company.
Baldoz also cited the hotel’s performance assessment of its staff as vital to the compliance to Tier II wage system, or the performance or productivity-based incentive program.
“The two-tiered wage system is a reform that maintains the mandatory minimum wage, under R.A. 6727 or the Wage Rationalization Act, as the Tier I; complemented by a voluntary productivity-based pay scheme as the Tier II,” explained Baldoz.
In Tier 1, the minimum wage rates are determined by factors such as poverty threshold, prevailing wage rates as determined by the Labor Force Survey, and socio-economic indicators (i.e. inflation, employment figures, Gross Regional Domestic Product, among others), which ensures better workers protection.
In Tier 2, the over and above minimum wage is the voluntary productivity-based pay, which encourages workers and enterprises to become more competitive and productive by rewarding employees supplementary pay based on the quality of their performance.
For Dakak Park Beach Resort, Rossini Montecalvo, resort manager, received the Labor Laws Compliant Resort award from Secretary Baldoz and Regional Director Cano.
The two establishments underwent Joint Assessments spearheaded by the DOLE, along with the representatives of the employers and the employees, to ensure full compliance to the labor laws compliance system. Specifically, the DOLE Regional Office No. 9, through its Zamboanga del Norte Field Office, had an almost one year engagement with Dakak resort to correct deficiencies in general labor and occupational safety and health standards.
Baldoz assured the two establishments’ management and staff that the DOLE will always be ready to provide technical assistance to their compliance needs, emphasizing that the establishment’s request and willingness to undergo compliance evaluation and joint assessment is a good sign of their proactive response to the labor laws compliance system.
“Ito ay ebidensiya na una, maayos po ang inyong pananaw sa Department of Labor and Employment na matutulungan kayo para masigurado na kayo ay tumutupad sa batas paggawa. At iyon nga, hindi kayo natatakot, kasi joint assessment ang proseso. Kaya sana po, yung prosesong ginawa ninyo, ariin po ninyo iyon, and for you to appreciate na hindi naman pala mahirap mag comply sa mga batas paggawa kasi nandiyan ang Department of Labor na handa po kayong tulungan,”
The Secretary also underscored during her talk with the management and staff of the hotel and the resort the need to activate and promote the Labor Management Cooperation Council, (LMC) Convergence of Programs at the plant level to facilitate compliance with labor laws and sustain sound employee-employer relations.
“Under the LMC Convergence of Programs, all plant-level DOLE programs and services are delivered through one plant-level structure,” said Baldoz.
The converged programs in the Labor Management Cooperation Council are the productivity, occupational safety and health, family welfare, grievance, and most importantly, the plant-level bipartite compliance committee.
The joint assessment and occupational safety and health investigation under the Labor Laws Compliance System addresses decent work deficits, foster harmonious labor-management relationships and industrial peace, and increase productivity and competitiveness of enterprise.