La­bor dep’t may re­quire ‘women’s desk’ at work

Business World - - Labor & Management - Gil­lian M. Cortez

THE Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DoLE) said it is in the con­sid­er­ing es­tab­lish­ing a “women’s desk” in its re­gional of­fices within the year and may ask work­places to set up desks of their own to deal with women’s work-re­lated con­cerns.

In an in­ter­view with Busi­ness­World on Wed­nes­day, Bu­reau of Workers with Spe­cial Con­cerns (BWSC) Di­rec­tor Ma. Ka­rina Perida-Trayvilla said “The con­cept is still be­ing writ­ten at the mo­ment.”

She added that the idea of re­quir­ing es­tab­lish­ments to put up a women’s desk came from re­cently-dimissed Un­der­sec­re­tary Joel B. Maglun­sod. “It’s the brain­child of Usec JoMag,” she added.

The women’s desk will be in charge with deal­ing with fe­male workers and their work­ing con­di­tions and la­bor re­la­tions in the com­pany.

Ms. Trayvilla said the women’s desk in work­places and at the DoLE re­gional of­fices is dif­fer­ent from the women and chil­dren’s desk that is manda­tory for barangays to han­dle do­mes­tic vi­o­lence cases. There cur­rently are no venues to air women’s work­place con­cerns.

DoLE will pi­lot-test the women’s desk in its re­gional of­fices be­fore rolling out the con­cept for work­places.

She said DoLE’s timetable for launch in all work­places is by next year, with a fo­cus on large firms with the re­sources to com­ply. “It will also en­tail lo­gis­tics” and ad­di­tional per­son­nel, she said. Mi­cro, small, and medium en­ter­prises may be made to di­rect any is­sues ini­tially to the women’s desks be­ing set up at DoLE re­gional of­fices, Ms. Trayvilla said. Ac­cord­ing to data pro­vided by the BWSC, ma­jor in­dus­tries with a fe­male ma­jor­ity as of Jan­uary 2018 in­clude: fish­ing and aqua­cul­ture, man­u­fac­tur­ing, whole­sale and re­tail, ac­com­mo­da­tion and food ser­vices, pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion, and ed­u­ca­tion, among oth­ers. —

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