Inspection of biz establishments faces budgetary constraints: exec

THE REGIONAL office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is eyeing to inspect about 4,000 establishments this year to check on whether they comply with labor laws.

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“We are working on that (4,000 establishments) target,” DOLE XI regional director Joffrey M. Suyao said yesterday in “Kapehan sa Dabaw” at SM City Davao Annex.

Suyao said they may, however, lower the target, which was provided by its head office, given with little budget. The regional office’s budget for labor law compliance system this year was slashed to P1.2 million from P5 million last year.

The regional office originally proposed to have a budget similar to last year.

Last year, DOLE XI was able to inspect 4,596 establishments in the region with about 75% complying with the labor laws. In 2013, around 1,200 establishments in the region were inspected by the department.

The department is looking at whether the establishments comply with labor and occupational safety and health standards. Should the establishments found to be non-compliant, the department will help them to become compliant.

“Instead of apprehending them, we are helping them to become compliant on the labor laws,” Suyao said.

In a statement of DOLE, “all establishments, regardless of employment size, are covered by joint assessment under which the employer, the labor law compliance officer (LLCO), and the workers’ representative will jointly verify the company’s compliance with general labor standards, safety and health, and child labor, among others.”

“A remediation period of 10 days is allowed for noted deficiencies in monetary benefits and three months remediation for occupational safety and health deficiencies. To ensure correct remediation of deficiencies, the LLCO is tasked to provide technical assistance,” cited the statement.

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