Dole to help firms comply with labor laws

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – "Please allow us to help you comply with labor laws."

So said Department of Labor and Employment Central Luzon (Dole) Central Luzon Regional Director Ana Dione as she met more than 200 company representatives comprised of owners, managers and human resource managers/practitioners from 120 industries in Pampanga during Thursday's orientation on Department Order 131-13, or the "Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS)," at Max’s Restaurant in Villa Del Sol, this city.

"We've started embarking on the rounds of orientations on D.O. 131-13 here in Central Luzon because this is one of the major policy reforms under the leadership of Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, wherein reforms were extensively made in the implementation of the Secretary’s visitorial power, specifically, labor inspection," Dione said.

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This policy change, said Dione, is supported by a manpower complement of 426 plantilla positions nationwide referred to as “Labor Laws Compliance Officers (LLCOs).”

“In Central Luzon, we have hired 56 LLCOs, appointed by the Secretary, who are tasked to implement this policy reform,” Dione said.

The LLCS, Dione said, has four phases, with the orientation serving as “Phase 1” of the LLCS.

“If you notice in our invitation, we specifically requested the participation of our HR practitioners because we already consider this orientation as ‘Phase 1’ of the joint-assessment, which will be eventually conducted in your establishment through joint-assessment,” Dione explained.

She added, “Generally, Phase 1 is to conduct group orientation, such as this undertaking, so that establishments would be informed and be familiar with the necessary documentary requirements and how to prepare them in time for the joint assessment with the LLCO.”

Phase 2, meanwhile, is the actual visit of the LLCO to the establishment through a conduct of joint assessment through verification of employment records.

“We invited you in this orientation because all of you are in our list. But please don’t be irritated or afraid because D.O. 131-13 has already junked the ‘Gestapo type or method’ of implementing the visitorial power of the Secretary of Labor,” Dione said.

“We are implementing a developmental approach through the LLCS. You’ve already been provided with CDs and documented copies of all related laws, rules and regulations, checklist of requirements, and required forms of the new labor laws compliance system, so I encourage all process owners to prepare the necessary forms and documents when our LLCO visits your place.”

Dione noted that should there be any deficiencies in the establishment’s compliance to labor laws as revealed in employment records, LLCO will help, advise, and assist them to comply within the ambit of rules.

“This is basically Phase 3 where our LLCO will extensively provide all necessary technical assistance in helping your company to voluntarily comply with your noted deficiencies,” Dione said.

Phase 4, on the other hand, will prompt the Dole to enforce establishments, who are refusing to comply, despite technical assistance, to strictly follow labor laws. Failure in doing so will prompt the Dole to file the necessary charges to delinquent establishments, according to Dione.

“We do not want to reach Phase 4, this is why we have the LLCS to help you and your employees to exist harmoniously,” Dione said.

She furthered: “Just to reiterate what I’ve said earlier, please allow us to help you comply with our labor laws. We now have the LLCS as a developmental approach in helping you gradually comply. Giving what is due to our employees will enable them to be empowered and motivated to work harder and become more productive, thus, a positive growth for your company.”

Dione also urged all company representatives’ to support and cooperate with the LLCS, and report to the DoLE delinquent LLCOs.

“We have warned our LLCOs not to make any unnecessary pressure on you. If they do, please report it to us. But I would also like to appeal to you to not make any unnecessary offers as well. We want to take care of their career and professional growth in the DoLE. We want them to be instruments of empowerment to you and your employees,” Dione said.

Highlights of the orientation include the Overview and Salient Features of the LLCS, Labor Laws Compliance Assessment Checklist, and Toolbox of DoLE Programs and Services under the LLCS.

Meanwhile, Lacto-B Inc. Senior Assistant Manager Gina Dizon Cunan said that the orientation on the LLCS is a welcome development to industries in Pampanga.

“We are very thankful to the DoLE for providing us with the much needed information and insights on the new Labor Laws Compliance System which I believe will definitely benefit companies and their employees. Through the Dole's guidance, we will be able to quickly correct any possible deficiencies in our company. Rest assured that we will give our utmost support and cooperation to ensure the successful implementation of this program,” Gunan said. (PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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