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DOLE’s social partners to start inspection today

Cebu City, Philippines. Representatives of the employees and employers, or so-called DOLE’s Social Partners, are to start joining the labor inspectors in conducting inspection among establishments in Central Visayas. 

In a meeting with the DOLE-Technical Services Support Division-Labor Relations and Standards (TSSD-LRS), DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao confirmed the participation and engagement of the Department’s Social Partners in conducting routine inspection starting today. 

Routine inspection as defined under Department Order No. 183, Series of 2017, refers to the 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 the prescribed inspection checklist. 

Earlier, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III issued a General Authority to qualified management and labor representatives enabling them to participate in the conduct of inspection of establishments until 31 December 2018. 

According to Director Ticao, Administrative Order No. 36, Series of 2018 stipulates the authority of the DOLE Social Partners, who summed up to a total of 126 representatives covering all the Regions in the country. 

For Region-7 alone, there are seventeen (17) social partners issued with General Authority. Of which, fifteen (15) are from the labor sector and two (2) from management. 

Conducting inspection will be a joint undertaking by the labor inspectors and Department’s social partners, Director Ticao said a statement, adding that the DOLE is optimistic that with their participation, sound labor-management relations would prevail in Central Visayas.

“We are also hoping that our partners would be able to help us promote labor laws compliance among establishments not only in terms of General Labor Standards but also insofar as the Standards in Safety and Health are concerned,” said the DOLE-7 Head. 

To define the rules and procedures of engagement, the DOLE Social Partners were called to an orientation held last week on Department Order No. 183, Series of 2017 or the Revised Rules on the Administration and Enforcement of Labor Laws pursuant to Article 128 of the Labor Code, as Renumbered. 

DOLE TSSD-LRS Chief, Engineer Vicente D. Abordo said that it’s highly necessary for the DOLE and its social partners to have a common understanding on how the inspection would be conducted. Highlighted and given emphasis during the orientation were the Inspection Checklist and other Documentary Requirements, the Regional Inspection Program, the Rules and Procedure of Inspection Engagement, and the features of D.O. NO. 183-17 as against D.O. NO. 164, Series of 2017, which sets the qualifications on deputizing labor inspectors. 

“It’s the labor inspectors who would lead the inspections and all authorized social partners may interview workers in the presence of the labor inspectors and employer’s representative. They may also review employment records and attend the mandatory conferences of establishments they have inspected,” said Director Ticao. 

All deputized labor inspectors shall be under the direct supervision and control of the DOLE Regional Director, who would be issuing the corresponding Authority to inspect specific target workplaces. 

For 2018, DOLE-7 is expected to inspect more than 4,000 establishments.

 

 

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, 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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2018-02-15
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