DOLE: 1 out of every 4 firms in EV violates labor standards
TACLOBAN CITY – One out of every four establishments inspected was found to be violating labor standard, based on the first semester rigid inspection of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The department’s national office website showed that out of the 443 firms checked by inspectorate team in Eastern Visayas, 111 of them have committed labor law infringements.
The report also revealed that five establishments espoused the plant level correction of violations, which restituted P417,953 benefits received by 55 workers.
DOLE Regional Director Exequiel Sarcauga said that their target is to cover 1,200 in their intensified inspection activity this year that will end on October.
From February to June 2012, the DOLE inspectorate team concentrated on mining and construction sites. Now, they are moving to inspection of other industries in the region with 10 to 199 workers.
“Given the inspectors that we have, we cannot cover all establishments, that’s why we have to prioritize some businesses,” Sarcauga said.
The inspectorate team assessing the compliance of the Labor Standard Enforcement Program particularly scrutinizes the firm’s payroll system, payment scheme, remittances of contributions to the Social Security System and Philippine Health Insurance and compliance, occupational safety and health of the workers.
“Inspection is one way to promote inclusive growth policy of the Aquino administration, which makes sure that poor workers is being given what are due to them,” Sarcauga added.
Those with 10 to 199 workers have been prioritized for inspection activities since they don’t have labor unions and human resource management offices.
Under the program, large companies or those with 200 or more workers are less priority since they are covered by self-assessment and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) under technical assistance visit.
As of end of 2011, the region has 18,351 establishments with 87,687 workers. Of all the firms in Eastern Visayas, 17,247 are categorized as micro with 47,973 laborers; 1,037 are small with 22,995 workers, 42 are medium with 5,611 personnel; and 25 are large with 11,108 employees.
Inspectors have been visiting common establishments in the region such as wholesale and retail, mining and quarrying, hotels and restaurants, real estate, transport storage and communications, and health and social work.
The Labor Standard Enforcement Program was conceptualized to improve working condition and productivity of workers.
By Sarwell Q. Meniano
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