The Province of Camiguin has set a record for being the first in Mindanao to be declared as Labor Laws Compliant tourism destination, along with the Phividec Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental as the first also in Mindanao to be a Labor Laws Compliant Economic Zone.
The historic declaration, which further raised the bar of labor laws compliance system in the country, reverberated as Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz last Friday unveiled a 22.75 ft. by 15.75 ft. feet marker mounted at the Benoni Port in the Municipality of Mahinog, Camiguin.
Also last Friday, she unveiled a similar marker declaring the Phividec Industrial Estate-Misamis Oriental (PIE-MO) as Labor Law-Compliant Eco Zone.
“This symbol of compliance assures foreign and local tourists and other visitors stepping ashore in this island that labor laws are being observed, hence, they can be guaranteed of optimum service. Passing the test of compliance with General Labor Standards (GLS) and Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) becomes an additional come-on for tourists, aside from the already distinct charm of this island as a tourist destination,” Baldoz said.
Baldoz commended the Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants, and Wholesale and Retail Industry Tripartite Councils in Camiguin which all have voluntary codes of good practices.
The DOLE Regional Office No. 10, headed by Director Raymundo G. Agravante and DOLE Camiguin Provincial Head, Errol Natividad, led the evaluation of the establishments in the island tourist destination prior to the declaration.
“The DOLE ensured that voluntary compliance, both with General Labor Standards and Occupational Safety and Health, are fully in effect in these establishments, and this also includes being child labor-free, productivity-based prime mover, and labor-management cooperation advocate,” Agravante said.
Apart from the declaration, Baldoz also awarded 30 companies in Camiguin with Certificates of Compliance with general labor standards and occupational safety and health standards.
Baldoz acknowledged the support of the local government units in helping the Department carry out the Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) campaign headed by Provincial Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo and the municipal mayors of Catarman, Guinsiliban, Mahinog, Mambajao, and Sagay.
Mambajao Mayor Maria Luisa Romualdo expressed both pride and pleasure of the declaration of Camiguin as labor laws compliant tourist destination, saying it will contribute to the development and progress of the province. “This marker tells everyone that we are not only capable of giving the correct wages and benefits, as mandated. It also attests that we are treating our employees right by providing them decent working conditions and competitive job opportunities,” she said.
Agravante also expressed joy in enabling the industries in Camiguin to uphold the culture of voluntary compliance. He emphasized that it is the goal of the Department to support the objectives outlined by President Benigno S. Aquino, which is to help, lead, and make all companies in the region compliant with all labor laws.
“This is an also indicator that the DOLE Regional Office No. 10 continues to do better to align all its programs in providing a decent and productive employment for every Camiguiño,” Agravante added
Baldoz in the morning of 13 March declared the Phividec Industrial Authority (PIA)' Phividec Industrial Estate-Misamis Oriental (PIE-MO) as Labor Law-Compliant Eco Zone, another first to be awarded in Mindanao.
The Phividec Industrial Authority (PIA) is a government-owned and controlled corporation mandated to identify and develop sites in the country as prospective industrial areas. Phividec equips these areas with the necessary infrastructures to encourage the inflow of domestic and foreign investments. The development of these sites is in accordance with the Philippine Government’s policy to disperse industries to the countryside as a means of equitably distributing resources, and as a vehicle to catalyse and sustain social and economic development in the Philippines.
At present, Phividec manages, administers, and supervises the 3,000-hectare Phividec Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental (PIE-MO). PIE-MO is located in the Municipality of Tagoloan and Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. The PIE-MO is one of the largest industrial estates in the Philippines.
One of the biggest infrastructures inside the PIE-MO is the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT). The MCT caters containerized cargoes both destined for domestic and international markets.
“Phividec Industrial Estate’s 76 locators and service providers are now certified compliant with general labor standards, occupational safety and health standards, and labor relations. The Certificate of Compliance has a validity of two years and exempt establishments from the DOLE’s annual assessment. This also means that the 3,177 workers in the Industrial Estate have been provided with, and are enjoying their rights and benefits in accordance with our labor laws. And being a labor laws compliant eco-zone, Phividec will continually be provided by DOLE with technical assistance to maintain its status through the DOLE’s toolbox of programs and services," Baldoz further said.
The DOLE Regional Office No. 10 officialdom led by Agravante, together with Atheneus A. Vasallo, Chief of the Technical Support Services Division (TSSD), and the Labor Law Compliance Officers (LLCOs), appraised the members and officers of the PIE-MO and PIA, headed by Atty. Ella Boiser, external Vice President; and Mr. Dante F. Clarito, manager of PIA port management, about the LLCS assessment and sustainability of its accreditation. Some 25 companies and contractors in the eco zone also signified their support to the LLCS.
The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB-X), Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) and the Occupational Safety and Health Network (OSHNet) also shared their programs and compliance systems to the Estate’s management and stakeholders.
END/ GSR/ with reports from Glenford Labial/DOLE RO 10, and Dean Macalaguing, DOLE RO 10 Eastern Misamis Oriental PFO