New labor laws compliant system is technology-based—Baldoz
Baguio City—Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the new Labor Laws Compliance System, the DOLE reform on labor inspection which is earning praises here and abroad, has a technology-based component called the LLCS-Management Information System (LLCS-MIS).
“The DOLE’s new Labor Laws Compliance System, as a reform, has another significant element: it is now technology-based. Our Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs) now have gadgets loaded with an electronic checklist based on decent work indicators. This makes reporting data and monitoring transaction possible in real-time,” Baldoz said.
The labor and employment chief bared the LLCS-MIS in her keynote message before a crowd of over 500 CAR business establishments, BEPZ locators, and sub-contractors at the CAP Building Auditorium in Camp John Hay in Baguio City, where the DOLE-CAR organised its first mass awarding of Certificates of Compliance (CoCs) with General Labor Standards and Occupational Safety and Health Standards, as well as the Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards, after a full-year of LLCS’ implementation.
The event, immediately held after Baldoz visited the BEPZ on Loakan Road where she unveiled a large, prominent marker declaring the BEPZ a Labor Laws Compliant, Child Labor-Free, and Productivity-Based Pay Practitioner economic zone, was an occasion for Secretary Baldoz to explain the labor governance reforms under the administration of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III.
In her speech, Baldoz said the LLCS Management Information System allows the DOLE to profile and record of compliance of companies; number of regular workers and the contractors and subcontractors workers, or its supply chain; occupational injuries and fatalities; union and collective bargaining agreements; compliance with “No Child Labor” policy; and tracking of performance of the Labor Laws Compliance Officers or (LLCOs).
“An important feature of the system is data capture and transmittal from the field in real-time as the electronic checklist is filled-out through the use of mobile devices and gadgets. Data are instantly available for viewing and processing to generate reports, statistics, and summons including real-time monitoring of our decent work indicators, based on our decent work country profile,” explained Baldoz.
The new LLCS, established under Department Order No. 131, Series of 2013, is a tripartite-crafted and endorsed reform program that combines both regulatory and developmental approaches in ensuring labor laws compliance.
“Our goal in the implementation of the LLCS is to inculcate and foster a culture of voluntary compliance, where there is less government intervention, and there is more workers’ and employers’ active participation at the plant-level,” Baldoz said.
“Being tripartite-endorsed, the new LLCS shares the responsibility and accountability with our social partners in ensuring its effective and efficient implementation. We believe that when enterprises adhere to existing standards voluntarily, we create an environment where businesses can expand and grow, and workers become active agents in the growth of the economy,” she added.
The 19 BEPZ locators who received their CoCs from Secretary Baldoz at the awarding are as follows: (1) MOOG CONTROLS CORPORATION; (2) Texas INSTRUMENTS (PHILS), INC.; (3)ADRISTE PHILS., INC; (4) BAY-SPORT MANUFACTURING; (5) DELTA DESIGN PHILIPPINES; (6) LTX CORPORATION; (7) TARA DESIGNS; (8) NOBLE TRENDS UNLIMITED, INC.; (9) OMED CORPORATION; (10) SITEL PHILIPPINES CORPORATION; (11) WW OUTSOURCING INTERNATIONAL SERVICES, INC.; (12) AMIDA SOFTWARE ASIA, INC.; (13) ROSSKING PTY. LTD.; (14) ALIGN AEROSPACE LLC.; (15) CEVAWAREHOUSING and DISTRIBUTION, INC.; and (16) TEAM ENERGY PHILS.
These companies have a total of 8,641 workers, 5,487 of whom are females.
Baldoz also awarded the CoCs of 21 sub-contractor firms of these locators. They are as follows:
(1) BENGUET CORP LABORATORIES; (2) GVA CONSULTANCY MANPOWER and GENERAL SERVICES; (3) LE CHEF, INC.; (4) MACHINE TOOLS SUPPLY; (5) WOW RECYCLING MRF, INC.; (6) QUEEN C AND CREW GENERAL MERCHANDISE; (7) DEVICE DYNAMICS ASIA PHILIPPINES; (8) JFS PRECISION TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION; (9) SYNCHRONIC SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGIES; (10) RAJ TECHNOLOGIES; (11) AUROCHS AEROSPACE PRECISION MANUFACTURING CORPORATION; (12) ACESTAR SOLUTIONS and TRADING; (13) BAPEX PEST CONTROL; (14) EDGARDO MARAYAG GROUND MAINTENANCE; (15) PYTHOS TECHNOLOGY PHILIPPINES, INC.; (16) REGGA TRANSPORT; (17) LINDE; (18) AMICUS SECURITY AGENCY; (19) BAGUIO’S FINEST SECURITY AGENCY; (20) QUALITY GUARDS INVESTIGATION and SECURITY SERVICES; and (21) HAAS GROUP INTERNATIONAL PHILIPPINES.
Together, these 21 sub-contractors employ 1,474 workers, 450 of whom are females.
Baldoz exhorted the CoC awardees to take note of their experiences during the joint assessment conducted by the DOLE’s Labor Laws Compliance Officers and compare it to the previous regulatory “police” approach.
“You will note that the new developmental approach is much broader. It combines awareness-raising, incentives for compliance, enhancement of plant-level partnership through harmonized delivery of plant-level DOLE programs and services, such as productivity improvement for MSMEs, and a joint (tripartite-based) assessment and certification process.
“We want you to own this process because later on, it will redound to your benefit in terms of productivity and ong-term industrial peace and harmony,” she said, adding:
“With that, I hope all of you, and not just the DOLE, will take part in spreading the good news about this new policy reform measure. I hope we can all work together not only to put the message out there but to make sure that the ideas behind the messages we put forward become a reality.”