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DOLE Pumps Up Labor Inspection in Region 1

The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 (DOLE RO1) is set to pump up its labor inspection initiatives, as it gathered its labor inspectors, hearing officers and field office chiefs in a capacity-building training on July 29-30, 2021 at La Fayette Luxury Suites, Bauang, La Union.
 
DOLE RO1 Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos reiterated to the team that establishments should be provided with utmost assistance to comply with standards and orders enforced by the government, through the DOLE. 
 
“While we are mandated to enforce the law, we should extend compassionate and appropriate guidance to these establishments for them to meet the standards which we implement,” RD Ramos said. 
 
In DOLE’s labor inspection program, establishments are visited and inspected to assess their compliance to general labor standards (GLS) and occupational safety and health (OSH), as mandated by Department Order 183 s. 2017 and Republic Act 11058 otherwise known as the OSH Law.  
 
Establishments found to be non-compliant are given time for corrective action. Deficiencies in documentary requirements are then complied with, to avoid sanction and imposition of penalties. Non-compliance and persistent violation may lead to closure order, which the DOLE issues. 
 
“While non-compliance and deficiencies are the burden of erring establishments, we at the DOLE has the moral obligation to provide proper guidance for them to meet the standards we enforce,” RD Ramos reminded. 
 
During the training, the DOLE officers were apprised with the regional office’s labor inspection accomplishment and LS cases status reports; revised inspection checklist; and the Safety Seal Certification Program. 
 
RD Ramos also re-visited the procedures being observed in handling LS cases, and facilitated the workshop to recalibrate the process to effect streamlined flow of work. 
 
At present, there are 17 labor inspectors in the region, 12 of whom are deployed to six field offices to facilitate the inspection of nearly 12,000 private work establishments in Ilocos Region. 
 
“We remind ourselves that these establishments are our stakeholders and industry partners, with whom we should build developmental partnership as this is crucial in our common goal to promote industrial peace,” RD Ramos enthused.  END/Justin Paul Marbella
 
 
 
 
 
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2021-08-04
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