“Mobilization of industry tripartite councils and associations has improved the effectiveness and efficiency of implementation of the new Labor Law Compliance System,” says Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimaplis-Baldoz yesterday during a press conference at the DOLE.
She said this is the case in the six economic zones that have been awarded Certificates of Compliance as labor laws compliant economic zones. Markers have been mounted in each of the labor laws compliant ecozones, with no less than Secretary Baldoz unveiling them.
Citing the report of Bureau of Working Conditions, the DOLE Regional Offices have issued Certificates of Compliance (COCs); and correspondingly, have mounted a 22.75 ft. by 15.75 ft. marker in each of the labor law compliant ecozones.
There are a total of 765 locators and/or establishments; and 101 subcontractors in these ecozones.
Baldoz said the declaration of these seven ecozones has raised the bar of labor laws compliance system in the country. The first of the seven economic zones was in Luisita Industrial Park, in Tarlac City, declared as a labor laws compliant ecozone on 4 October 2014. The COCs issued extends to its 9 locators, benefitting at least 20 subcontractors in the area.
On 22 December 2014, Baldoz unveiled the markers proclaiming Cebu Light Indurtial Park and Mactan Economic Zone II as labor laws compliant zones in Region 7.
A record was also made in DOLE-CAR with the unveiling of LLCS marker at the Baguio Export Processing Zone (BEPZ) on 23 February. The BEPZ became the first ecozone in the country to have worked and achieved Labor Laws Compliance, Child Labor-Free, and Productivity-based Practitioner certificates. The COCs issued extends to its 16 locators, benefitting at least 21 subcontractors in the area.
On 13 March, DOLE Region 10 boasted of its first labor-law compliant ecozone; and mounted a marker at the Phividec Industrial Estate, which has 106 locators, and 40 subcontractors.
Then the other day, Baldoz unveiled the marker declaring the Cagayan Economic Zone in Sta. Ana, Cagayan Valley a labor laws compliant zone. The declaration extends to the zone’s 17 locators and two subcontractors.
“The unveiling of this marker is part of our continuing effort to foster a culture of voluntary compliance with all labor laws following the directive of President Benigno S. Aquino III to the DOLE to ensure that all labor laws that provides protection and benefits to our workers are implemented and carried out. This is part of our reform program, the new Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS),” Baldoz said.
Pursuant to DOLE Administrative Order No. 404, Series of 2014, the Ecozone-wide assessment on voluntary compliance is one of five compliance assessment modalities, which the DOLE regional directors and program managers utilize to maximize assessment coverage.
The other four compliance assessment modalities are (1) Zonal Assessment, (2) In-house OSH assessment, (3) Ecozone-wide assessment, and (4) assessment of establishments with Labor-Management Councils (LMCs) and convergence programs.
DOLE regional directors and program managers utilize these modalities in combination, separately, or simultaneously with the other modalities, to ensure that all target establishments are visited and extended assistance towards compliance with all labor laws.
A composite team composed of the PEZA zone manager and DOLE LLCOs, shall conduct the compliance audit and, in case of deficiency, provide zone locators with technical advisory services and assistance for the immediate correction of violations and submission of action plans to effect the full compliance.
The labor chief said that if declared free of any violation after evaluation, the locator shall be immediately issued a Certificate of Compliance, and if all the locators are compliant will all labor laws, the economic zone shall be declared a compliant zone and bestowed with a marker that reads: “This Ecozone is Labor Laws Compliant and Child Labor Free”.
Toward this end, the labor and employment chief congratulated the management and workers of the eco-zone and of the locator-firms saying, “I congratulate you for this milestone. This marker that we unveiled today is testimony to your commitment to voluntarily comply with all labor laws, which is good for business. My sincere hope is that other economic zones and their locator-companies will realize the beneficence of compliance and follow fast your lead.”
For this summer, the DOLE’s BWC reported that at least 8 ecozones are expected join the league of labor law-compliant ecozones in the country. These are, as follows: (1) Cagayan Ecozone Authority, in Region 2; (2) Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan—Plastic Processing Center Special Economic Zone; and (3) Hanjin Subic, Zambales, all in Region 3; (4) First Phil Industrial Park, Batangas; (5) AG&P Special Economic Zone; (6) Robinson’s Place Lipa—IT Park Center; (7) Canlubang Industrial Estate; and (8) Light Industry and Science Park II, Laguna, all in Region 4-A.
“This is a moment of great pride since we are celebrating significant gains in our efforts to cultivate a culture of voluntary labor laws compliance among establishments nationwide,” Baldoz finally said.
Questions about this release? You may visit the Bureau of Working Conditions at the 3F DOLE Building Muralla cor. Gen. Luna Streets Intramuros, Manila; or call at tel. nos. 5273000 local 307 to 303.