Monday, June 14, 2021

Davao City institutionalizes workers protection, development

Photo by Macky Lim

DAVAO City will soon have a special office intended to promote the rights of workers, encourage decent employment opportunities, and enhance their social protection.

The 19th City Council passed on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, an ordinance creating the Davao City Workers Protection and Development Office (WPDO).

Councilor Pamela Librado-Morata said the ordinance aims to protect the rights of the labor force and ensure the well-being of all workers within its jurisdiction and provide them with proper information of their rights and access to protection of their welfare.

Librado-Morata, chairperson on labor and employment opportunities, said the ordinance will apply to all workers, whether resident of Davao City or not, and all employers whose place of business is found within the territorial jurisdiction of the City Government of Davao or the main/head office is located in Davao City.

Among the pertinent provisions of the ordinance is organizing the Davao City Workers Council, supervising the Barangay Employment Service Desk, including the organization of a network of volunteer lawyers and paralegals to assist and provide free legal services for workers.

The councilor said the ordinance has long been lobbied prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Kailangan nato ni siya mahaom para sa atoang mga trabahante pud para ma-address ug ma-cater ilahang concern (There is a need to create this office to address and cater to the concerns of our workers)," Librado-Morata said in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio on Thursday, May 13.

The office is a one-stop shop for workers seeking legal assistance.

“Isip tabang sa atong trabahante aron naa sila’y kadaganan og diretso sila ma-accommodate kung naa sila’y concern, pwede ra sila muadto sa ilang mga barangay (This is our way of helping our employees so that they will have an office to run into whenever they have work-related concerns. They can also visit their respective barangays),” the councilor said.

She said her committee is currently working on the implementing rules and regulations and is currently awaiting the signature of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio before the ordinance will be fully implemented.


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