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Companies urged to adopt family welfare program

 

Cebu City, Philippines. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) urged companies to adopt and institutionalize the Family Welfare Program (FWP).

According to DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton in the meetings she conducted among the various Industry Tripartite Councils (ITCs) in the Region, it is imperative to introduce the concept of promoting the welfare of workers and their families as a key to workplace productivity and improved worker-management relations.

Such, she emphasized, could be attained if there is an advocacy program in each company that draws corporate support in promoting workers’ quality of life by adopting a family-centered approach in the workplace.

This, she said, could be materialized through the Family Welfare Program.

“For a Family Welfare Program to become functional, there is a need to integrate in its implementation ten (10) dimensions hoping to instill family planning/family welfare consciousness among labor and management as a key in promoting workplace productivity, among others,” explained the Regional Director.

The 10 dimensions of the Family Welfare Program include the following, namely: (1) Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenthood; (2) Education/Gender Equality; (3) Spirituality or Value Formation; (4) Income Generation/Livelihood/Cooperative; (5) Medical Health Care; (6) Nutrition; (7) Environment Protection, hygiene and Sanitation; (8) Sports and Leisure; (9) Housing; and (10) Transportation.

The Family Welfare Program is a mandatory requirement for establishments employing more than 200 workers. In the DOLE’s conduct of inspection, one of the indicators being checked is the company’s creation of a Family Welfare Committee. However, according to Director Siaton, it would also be very helpful and advantageous for small establishments if they would adopt and implement the same since the program could help pave the way for productivity.

Just recently, Director Siaton lauded Universal Robina Sugar Milling Corporation (URSUMCO), a raw and refined sugar producing company in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental for institutionalizing the ten dimensions of the program.

According to URSUMCO HR Manager and Negros Oriental Association of Family Welfare Committees President Charlotte G. Balbuena that institutionalizing the ten dimensions of the FWP is a way of providing their workers a holistic approach of taking care of their most valuable asset - its workers.

URSUMCO sustains its Corporate Social Responsibility with its Adopt-A-School Program. Director Siaton who witnessed the best practices of URSUMCO during the Family Welfare Program Orientation among the sugar industry stakeholders in Negros Oriental held lately, reiterated the need for companies to look into the benefits that the companies themselves and their respective workers could get from the program.

Saying that establishing the family welfare component as a major issue of concern and action of the Family Welfare Committee, Director Siaton encouraged companies to come up with one in their respective workplaces. She said that companies that are interested to set up their own Family Welfare Committee may seek help from the different Field Offices of the DOLE.

 “With the adoption of the Family Welfare dimensions, companies can be assured that their workers are well taken care of while fostering their Corporate Social Responsibility. The DOLE will be there to assist companies and it’s the Department’s aim to work together with them towards the attainment of the FWP goals,” said the Regional Director.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

 

For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

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2019-10-04
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