La­bor agency en­hances LLCO ca­pac­ity build­ing

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THE LA­BOR depart­ment moved fur­ther ahead in en­hanc­ing the com­pe­ten­cies and ap­ti­tude of its com­pli­ance of­fi­cers as it stepped up na­tion­wide inspection of busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments to check com­pli­ance with laws and la­bor stan­dards.

In ad­min­is­tra­tive or­der 356, Sec­re­tary Sil­vestre Bello III re­con­sti­tuted its ca­pac­ity build­ing com­mit­tee, the panel re­spon­si­ble for plan­ning and de­sign­ing the de­vel­op­ment pro­gram for DOLE’s la­bor laws com­pli­ance of­fi­cers.

The new panel is now headed by Un­der­sec­re­tary Joel Maglun­sod of the La­bor Re­la­tions, Spe­cial Con­cerns and Fi­nan­cial Ser­vice Clus­ter, and co-chaired by Un­der­sec­re­tary Bernard Olalia of the Re­gional Op­er­a­tions and Hu­man Cap­i­tal De­vel­op­ment.

“En­hanc­ing the com­pe­tence and ap­ti­tude of our LLCOs is one of our pri­or­i­ties to ef­fec­tively re­in­force the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the la­bor laws com­pli­ance sys­tem in the coun­try,” Bello said.

The Bureau of Work­ing Con­di­tions (BWC) and Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Ser­vice (HRDS) have been tasked to de­velop the cur­ricu­lum, ad­min­is­ter the train­ing and mon­i­tor­ing of the per­for­mance of the LLCOs, and con­duct ca­pac­ity build­ing pro­grams based on the re­sults of the needs assess­ment of the com­pli­ance of­fi­cers.

LLCOs are man­dated to con­duct plantlevel joint assess­ment of com­pli­ance by em­ployer and work­ers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives; ini­ti­ate aware­ness-rais­ing and ca­pac­ity-build­ing of both em­ploy­ers and the work­ers and unions, and pro­vide free tech­ni­cal as­sis­tance on pro­duc­tiv­ity or com­pli­ance with tech­ni­cal safety and oc­cu­pa­tional safety and health stan­dards (OSHS).

DOLE has al­ready trained 55 vol­un­teer la­bor in­spec­tors and is cur­rently hir­ing 36 new se­nior la­bor and em­ploy­ment of­fi­cers (SLEO).

DOLE is also re­quest­ing Congress for ad­di­tional 200 new LLCOs to complement the ex­ist­ing 541 LLCOs who con­duct assess­ment and inspection of around 937,554 small, medium and big busi­ness es­tab­lish­ments in the coun­try.

As of July 19, 2017, a to­tal of 63,752 work­ers were al­ready reg­u­lar­ized and more work­ers are ex­pected to en­joy their right to se­cu­rity of ten­ure as com­pli­ance or­ders were al­ready is­sued to var­i­ous es­tab­lish­ments, which were in­spected by the LLCOs. DOLE re­lease

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