The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 6 (Western Visayas) will intensify its labor standards enforcement via a zonal approach to increase employers’ compliance with core labor standards and protect workers’ rights.
Director Manuel Roldan said DOLE has launched the Project Labor Enforcement and Action Program (LEAP) to increase inspection among priority inspectionable establishments employing 10 to 199 workers. This is in line with the thrust of the Aquino government to promote better working conditions for workers.
Project LEAP has identified security and manpower agencies, subcontractors, cooperatives, manufacturing establishments, restaurants and fast food enterprises as priority establishments for inspection. However, all inspectionable establishments will also be inspected as soon as the inspection of priority establishments has been completed.
Roldan said this project will have two phases. The 1st phase will start on August 2 until November 30, 2010. The 2nd phase will stretch through the months of February to November 2011.
“Our inspectors will conduct inspection in a specific target area before moving to the next target area,” he said. “This will enable them to inspect more establishments,” he added.
Under Project LEAP, DOLE 6 aims to inspect 2,400 establishments for the first phase with Negros Occidental having the most number of inspectionable establishments (1,169), followed by Iloilo and Guimaras (950), Aklan (197), Capiz (56), and Antique (28).
Region 6 has some 3,136 inspectionable establishments. Negros Occidental topped the list with 1,708, Iloilo and Guimaras – 1,081, Aklan – 203, Capiz – 95, and Antique – 30.
Roldan said inspection will focus on the core labor standards and compliance with social welfare legislation. Core labor standards refer to the minimum wage, ECOLA, 13th month pay, holiday pay, service incentive leave, overtime pay and night-shift differential. The SSS, Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth and ECC coverage will also be inspected as these constitute said benefits for the workers.
Meanwhile, establishments which consistently comply with labor standards for the past three years will be given due recognition.
“Compliant establishments will be excluded from targeted establishments for inspection and they will be cited for consistent compliance with standards,” Roldan said.