70% of establishments in Western Visayas comply with labor laws-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
SEVENTY percent of businesses in Western Visayas are complying with existing labor laws, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) in Western Visayas.
Dole regional director Potenciano Ligoton said Friday that the remaining 30 percent of businesses have been issued notice of violations and closure orders.
"Many of the violators are agriculture or farm-Based," Ligoton said.
He said Dole, in its order, is now implementing a Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) effective last August 22.
Ligoton said the new system is a mix of developmental and regulatory approaches that will benefit micro, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as address existing rigidities while ensuring decent and productive work.
"There will no more labor inspectors but the position of labor compliance officer will be opened for those who are graduated of law school, certified public accountants and engineers," he said.
He said the system will "foster a culture of voluntary compliance with labor laws by all establishments nationwide."
"The new LLCS has three approaches: joint assessment, compliance visit, and occupational safety and health investigation," Ligoton said.
Under the new system, companies can apply to go through joint assessment and get a Certificate of Compliance valid for two years unless there is a complaint, the order said.
"All establishments, regardless of employment size, are covered by joint assessment under which the employer, the LLCO, and the workers’ representative will jointly verify the company’s compliance with general labor standards, safety and health, and child labor among others," it said.
"A remediation period of ten days is allowed for noted deficiencies in monetary benefits and three months remediation for OSH deficiencies. To ensure correct remediation of deficiencies, the LLCO is tasked to provide technical assistance," the order also said.
"A compliance visit is similar to inspection. It is triggered by a complaint or Single Entry Approach referral and there is no remediation period under this approach," it said.
Ligoton said that the new system is a product of a two-year consultation with both labor and management representatives.
Among the reason, he said for the non-compliance of labor laws especially on new minimum wage orders is because "some companies are not aware of it."
When pressed if Dole has data to prove this claim, Ligoton did not cite anything.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on September 07, 2013.