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DOLE: no inspection yet during ECQ

 

Cebu City, Philippines. For the duration of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), DOLE suspends conducting all types of inspection among establishments, confirmed DOLE-7 Regional Salome O. Siaton.

“Under our inspection program, there are three types of inspection that we conduct – Routine Inspection, Complaint Inspection and the Occupational Safety and Health Investigation. For the time being, we would like to inform our clients that DOLE will not be conducting any inspection while the community quarantine is in effect,” she said.

To exercise caution and extra care, she added, Routine Inspection cannot also be done even after the lifting of the community quarantine, saying further that “The conduct of which might expose not only the labor inspectors but also the employees or employers to big risks. As of now, all of us have to be proactive. Safety first.”

Under Department Order No. 183, Series of 2017, Routine Inspection refers to a process of evaluating compliance with labor laws and social legislation jointly undertaken by the labor inspector and the representatives of the employer and the employees using a prescribed checklist. Unlike a complaint inspection, it does not require any complaints being at the DOLE before it is conducted.

With Routine Inspection, labor inspectors will proceed to conducting inspections while being guided by a year-round schedule of inspection among several types of industries to check their compliance to labor standards and other social legislations. According to Director Siaton, doing so would not be a wise and effective move especially when COVID-19 cases especially in the cities of Mandaue, Lapulapu and Cebu, are constantly on the rise lately.

For establishments that have not complied to labor standards and have not shown any proof of corrections after inspection, the DOLE-7 head said that with the latest Department Order issued by the Secretary, the period to comply in pending labor standard cases is suspended during the community quarantine.

She added that Labor Standard Cases-related mandatory conferences, which have been scheduled beforehand during the community quarantine will be rescheduled once the community quarantine is lifted.

Reglementary period for Compliance Orders is also interrupted for the duration of the community quarantine and the period shall commence to run once the community period is lifted.

“Despite all these limitations, the DOLE continues to exert best effort to deliver its programs and services while treating as top priority the safety of all especially during these times when we are still battling against this pandemic,” said Director Siaton.

The latest guidelines issued by Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III are found in Department Order No. 213, Series of 2020.

 

 

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2020-05-11
SALOME O. SIATON
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