ORIENTAL MINDORO – The Labor Inspectors have started to visit establishments, including contractors and subcontractors in the province to check compliance of employers with labor laws and social legislations.   During the inspection,  they examine employment records, interview workers and inspect work premises pursuant to the procedure prescribed under Department Order (DO) No. 183, Series of 2017, as the “Revised Rules in the Administration and Enforcement of Labor Laws Pursuant to Article 128 of the Labor Code, As Renumbered.”

In the exercise of their inspectorate functions, the Labor Inspectors see to it that establishments comply with labor standards.  That refers to the minimum requirements prescribed by existing laws, rules and regulations, and other issuances relating to wages, hours of work, allowances and other monetary and welfare benefits, including those set by occupational safety and health standards (OSHS). If found out not complying with standards, employers have 10 days from receipt of Notice of Results to correct findings on general labor standards (GLS) .   For OSHS, remediation period is longer, but not to exceed 90 days from issuance of Notice of Results except for findings involving imminent danger which has to be abated within one (1) day and violation involving personal protective equipment, within three (3) days.

             Concerning safety and health, Labor Inspectors urged the employers to comply with OSHS within the remediation period.  Otherwise, they will be penalized of administrative fines as stated in Section 29 of the Department Order No. 198, Series of 2018, otherwise known as the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11058 entitled “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof.”

Reports from Labor Inspectors[1] showed that most of the employers in the province have no safety officer, no certified first aider and no OSH workplace program.  Thankfully, the inspectors are also clothed with labor education skills to assist the employers on what to do and what proof to submit supporting compliance.    They stressed during the exit conference that noted violations are not only for paper compliance, but most importantly, for operational compliance towards full protection of every worker against injury, sickness or death through safe and healthful working conditions.

Here is the minimum classification and number of Safety Officer (SO) required for all covered workplaces based on Section 14 of DO 198:

For other OSH requirements, employers may request a copy of DO 198 at DOLE Oriental Mindoro Field Office or download a digital copy at dole.gov.ph.

End/Mari-jo L. Cordova