The president and chief executive officer of St. Luke’s Medical Center, one of the country’s leading and most modern hospitals, is the latest to commend the DOLE’s new Labor Laws Compliance System, commending Ma. Cecilia E. Millares, senior labor employment officer of the DOLE-Muntaparlas Field Office, for outstanding performance as a labor laws compliance officer (LLCO).
“We have had the privilege of meeting and working with Ms. Millares and have observed her to be highly commendable, said Dr. Edgardo R. Cortez, St. Luke’s President and CEO, in a letter to Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, co-signed by Federico R. Marquez, Jr., Senior Vice President for Human Resource.”
“During the assessment of our medical center’s labor standards compliance last 2 March 2015 by the DOLE and during all her previous dealings (pre-audit and post-audit interactions) with us, not only has she demonstrated outstanding performance as an inspector. She has also been very helpful in giving us leads towards acquiring other certifications and accreditations she believed our medical center qualifies,” the two hospital executives said.
“Our managers and union officers with whom she came in contact with were grateful getting from her many valuable suggestions. We shall continue to support DOLE employees/officers in the discharge of their duties as we ensure compliance with all labor standards, as well as occupational health and safety standards. Congratulations to the DOLE for upgrading its staff to a higher level.” they added.
Baldoz, who was profuse with praise to Millares for demonstrating an outstanding performance in assisting St. Luke’s to comply with labor and occupational safety and health standards, said:
“I look forward to your unceasing exceptional public services.”
She expressed delight that the DOLE’s LLCOs are performing their work as she expected under the new Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS), the reform she initiated which shifted the DOLE’s labor inspection from the pure regulatory to a more developmental approach to elicit voluntary compliance with labor laws and occupational safety and health rules and regulations.
She observed that under the previous labor inspection regime, the “police” approach has only alienated both employers and workers from the process of ensuring compliance and cultivated deep-seated distrust at the plant level with DOLE inspectors or enforcement officers.
“Today, we are slowly earning back the respect as indicated by feedback like this,” she said. “More importantly, business enterprises are complying more with labor laws, to the benefit of their enterprises and to the benefit of their workers,” she added.
In her late forties, Millares is among the 574 LLCOs the DOLE deployed under the LLCS last year. She has been with the DOLE for 10 years and was assigned to the Muntarpalas Field Office two years ago from the DOLE-NCR.
“She is very religious. She rose from the ranks and I know her to be very conscientious about her job,” said Director Benvenuto Alegre, Millares’ supervisor. “She is a caring mother, patiently taking time to commute to Baguio City every other weekend to visit her son studying at the Pines City,” he added.