CALAPAN CITY, ORIENTAL MINDORO – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA successfully conducted the Basic Training Course on Labor Inspection (Level 1A) to 15 aspiring Labor Inspectors on January 27 – 29, 2021.

As part of the department’s commitment to address the need to monitor the compliance of private establishments to labor and safety standards, training for newly hired/promoted Labor Inspectors as well as the Foreign National Labor Inspectors (FNLIs) is a priority activity at the regional level.

The training was initiated under the leadership of DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Atty. Joffrey M. Suyao aiming to equip the Labor Inspectors with the fundamental knowledge on the enforcement program of the department.

“It’s a good start for this year to capacitate our future labor inspectors not only on the department mandate in promoting and protecting workers’ rights but also on effectively assisting the employers to implement corrective measures and encourage compliance”, RD Suyao said.

In the 3-day modular training with well-versed speakers, participants including the eight on-board DOLE employees were able to learn pertinent provisions of the Labor Code of the Philippines specifically on Visitorial and Enforcement Power, Employer-Employee Relationship, General Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health Standards, and rules on Enforcement of the Labor Laws.

Meanwhile, participants are set to undergo Level1B training course as well as the 40-hour training on Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) or Construction Safety and Health (COSH) to become full-fledged Labor Inspectors.

“These rigorous measures are taken by the Department to ensure that all future Inspectors are fully equipped prior to their field assignment” RD Suyao added.

Labor Inspection under Department Order No. 183-17 aims to further strengthen the implementation of the visitorial and enforcement powers of the Secretary of Labor towards securing a higher level of compliance with labor laws and standards, and ensuring continuity and sustainability of compliance at workplaces.

End/Fulbert Paul W. Pukias