PH gets $1-M grant to strengthen labor law enforcement

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 28 2014 01:14 PM | Updated as of Dec 28 2014 09:14 PM

MANILA -- The Philippines has received a $1-million grant from the US to strengthen the country’s monitoring and compliance of labor laws.

“Washington has already announced the award of the technical assistance grant. This is a very welcome gift to the Philippines and will boost the implementation of the DOLE’s new labor laws compliance system which President Benigno S. Aquino III himself had endorsed with his grant of 372 new plantilla item positions for labor laws compliance officers—with electronic gadgets to boot—to boost our capacity to ‘enforce all labor laws,’ as the President himself had directed us at the DOLE,” Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said in a statement.

The grant is from the United States’ Department of Labor to the International Labor Organization for the Philippines’s new labor laws compliance system (LLCS).

The LLCS is a combination of developmental and regulatory approaches in the enforcement of labor laws and social legislation.

“This new labor laws compliance system encourages voluntary compliance with all labor laws, including safety and health regulations, and fosters labor-management cooperation through social dialogue,” Baldoz said.

“With the system, the DOLE is no longer feared, unlike in the previous labor enforcement system where business owners regard the DOLE’s corps of labor inspectors as 'police officers' looking for violations,” she added.

As of November 2014, a total of 69,749 establishments all over the country or 90 percent of the targeted establishments of 70,766 have been covered under the labor laws compliance system, Baldoz said.

Of this number, 60,479 establishments covering 333,136 workers have received benefits amounting to P69.425 million from plant-level restitution, she said.