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Representatives from the labor and employers sectors from the various Regional Tripartite and Industrial Peace Councils and local Industry Tripartite Councils nationwide participated in the Area-Wide Orientations and Capacity Building on Labor Laws Compliance System and ILO Convention 81 (Labour Inspection Convention) held on 17 October 2014 at the Century Park Manila for the Luzon leg, on 24 October 2014 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel, Davao City for the Mindanao leg and on 30 October 2014 at the Sarrosa Hotel, Cebu City for the Visayas leg.

Conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), in cooperation with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the orientations sought to increase awareness of the social partners on labor regulations and social legislations as embodied under Department Order No. 131-13 or the Rules on Labor Laws Compliance System and its Checklist and to capacitate them toward the formulation of Corrective Plans of Action in case of compliance deficiencies.  Some 168 labor and employer representatives were joined by the DOLE Regional Directors, Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board Directors and Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Secretaries during the last two (2) legs of the capacity-building.

In her Keynote Message during the Luzon-Wide Orientation, DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz emphasized the importance of bringing down the new system at the plant-level.  “We are very transparent here. We will not succeed, be effective, efficient and transparent to our envisioned change if it is only us who will know this system.  This system is tripartite-endorsed, and this is for all of us”.

Recognized as a revolutionary measure transforming the country’s labor inspectorate system, the ILO and US State Department and US Trade Representatives have acknowledged the Philippines as the first country in the world to move its labor inspectorate system from the traditional “police-like” regulatory approach toward a combination of developmental and regulatory approaches fostering a culture of voluntary compliance and enforcement through the active participation of workers and employers’ representative and the Labor Laws Compliance Officer.

The participants were also briefed on the LMC and Productivity Convergence programs, Child Labor and Family Welfare Program, and the LLCS-Management Information System using the Labor and Employment Education Services (LEES), which are contained in the LLCS Checklist.

Mr. Sherlock Codilla, Employer Representative from RTIPC 8 and Senior Manager of PASAR Corporation, in his closing message during the Visayas-wide orientation, expressed appreciation for the seminar, “This kind of pursuit by the government, especially with the presence of the ILO, is an exhilarating experience for management and workers, because it will bring their company into its excellency – excellence in performance, but far-fetched, if you will dilly-dally on these things.”

Mr. Gerardo Mago II, Vice Chair for Labor of the Valenzuela TIPC, said during the Luzon-Wide undertaking, “We thank the continuing efforts of DOLE and ILO to advocate the observance of labor standards, which is admittedly the most difficult to implement.  We hope that the DOLE continues to help workers to improve relations between labor and employers”.

These Area-Wide activities supplemented the ongoing DOLE advocacies on the new labor laws compliance system among labor federations and ECOP-member establishments.