Firms up for assessment on labor law compliance

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Monday, March 30, 2015


THE Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Davao Region will cut the number of business establishments it will subject for assessment this year on labor law compliance and occupational health and safety due to a lower budget allocation.

Dole-Davao Director Joffrey M. Suyao, who guested in day's edition of Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao, said they originally targeted to visit some 4,000 business establishments for this year, but they might lower this to only 2,000 establishments with a limited budget allocation.

Sherwin B. Manual, Dole-Davao information officer, in an interview at the sidelines of the press forum, said the budget allocated for the inspection of business establishments on the Labor Law Compliance System (LLCS) and Occupational Safety and Health Investigation (OSHI) for 2015 is only P1.2 million as compared to the P5-million allocation for 2014.

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Meanwhile, Suyao reported that for 2014, they assessed a total of 4,596 establishments through their joint assessments, compliance visits, and OSHI. He said they were able to exceed their target for 2014 of 3,579.

He said they recorded around 75 percent of the companies are compliant with the labor standards, but they have observed that there is a lower compliance rate when it comes to occupational safety and health.

Suyao said the reason for this was previously, the agency only gave focus to the general labor standards, which are mainly on the monetary benefits of the employees.

"We somehow did not give focus on the occupational safety and health requirements. So when we made the assessment for both the labor standards and occupational safety and health, we found out that some companies are not aware of the occupational safety and health standards, which made them non-compliant," he said.

However, Suyao pointed out that with a new system on assessment in place, wherein the agency is not purely regulatory anymore, they will provide assistance to the establishment in complying with the occupational safety and health standards.

The agency also reported that in 2014, they were able to issue a total of 1,586 Certificates of Compliance (COCs) for General Labor Standards (GLS) and Occupational Health and Safety Standards (OSHS) to 899 establishments.

A total of 147 COCs on GLS were issued to 147 establishments, 65 COCs on OSHS to 65 establishments, and 1,586 COC on GLS and OSHS to 687 establishments.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 31, 2015.

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