“When their rights are observed and promoted, workers are happy. Happy workers redound to excellent service and product, which customers look for in any company.”
Such was the statement by Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office 1 Director Garce Ursua following the series of awarding of Certificates of Compliance (COCs) with Labor Laws to companies across the region in August.
The regional director said the number of labor law-compliant establishments in the region has reached 891 since the Labor Law Compliance System (LLCS) was started on January 14, 2014.
Of this number, 646 are compliant with both general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards, while 245 meet only the second.
“Employers who respect the rights of their workers also put customers at the heart of their business, and eventually boost profits. Congratulations to all COC holders,” Director Ursua said.
The COC is conferred upon establishments found to be compliant with all labor laws after a Joint Assessment conducted by a DOLE Labor Law Compliance Officer (LLCO), or were able to effect corrective action within the prescribed period, if found with violations.
The COC is valid for two years. Within the said period, no assessment shall be conducted in the establishment, unless a complaint is filed. Also, labor law-compliant companies will receive DOLE productivity improvement services for free. They will be trained, mentored and assisted on specific labor programs and services at no cost to them.
Establishments that are able to maintain status of good standing within four consecutive years shall automatically qualify as nominee to the Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards (TCCLS) which is valid for three years.
Director Ursua said so far, the region has eight companies with Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Laws (TCCLS), a basic pre-qualification requirement for the DOLE Secretary’s Labor Law Compliance Award and the highest award-the Tripartite Seal of Excellence (TSE). The TSE can be obtained by an establishment upon acquiring all of the five seals of good housekeeping – the TCCLS, Child Labor-Free Establishment, Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan, National Productivity Olympics Award and the Outstanding LMC Award for Industrial Peace.
“I also commend our LLCS team for their hard work and patience in mentoring both our workers and employers so that they can work together in building a good business climate in the region,” Director Ursua said.
At the DOLE-wide Mid Year Performance Assessment held in Camiguin in July, Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz cited the DOLE-1 for its ‘extraordinary performance in maintaining industrial peace and in achieving Zero Strike Incidence’; for its ‘remarkable contribution in promoting workers’ protection and welfare and for providing 100% assistance to establishments with deficiencies leading to their compliance’; and for its ‘remarkable contribution in promoting workers’ protection and welfare and for achieving 70% compliance rate of target establishments’. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez