The labor department has stepped up efforts in ensuring strict labor laws compliance of various companies in the sugar industry to further guarantee that the rights and welfare of workers are well protected.

This after Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III created a special assessment team tasked to inspect 27 sugar milling companies and their contractors’ compliance to general labor standards, occupational safety and health standards, as well as their observance of the rules and regulations on the social amelioration and welfare program, and employment of migratory sugar workers.

“We must ensure further protection of rights and welfare of workers in the sugar industry and make certain that they enjoy a fair share in the fruits of their labor. We must set strict inspections in the industry as it covers a majority of workers in the informal sector,” Bello said.

The Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in the sugar industry aims to contribute to the attainment of decent living of sugar workers and their families through sharing of the fruits of production, or profit-sharing through the imposition of a lien on the volume of sugar produced.

The special assessment team is headed by Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod and composed of Bureau of Working Conditions, Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns, Occupational Safety and Health Center, DOLE Regional Directors and all the authorized labor inspectors nationwide.

END/Abegail De Vega

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