PNoy sees need for more labor officers to oversee companies

BY VENUS MAY H. SARMIENTO
DAGUPAN CITY – President Benigno Aquino III has approved the creation of more labor officers who will enforce labor laws among private companies.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said the President granted the creation of more positions to comply with the International Labor Standards regulation of one labor officer to 120 establishments-ratio.
Baldoz, who was in Pangasinan to award certificates of labor compliant establishments, said DOLE’s 193 inspectors is no match to 784,000 companies and establishments in the country.
“The President immediately instructed the Budget Department to make the necessary action to realize the 372 new plantilla items so that DOLE can fulfil its mandate. That’s how serious the government is in addressing labor and employment problems of the country,” Baldoz said.
President Aquino also instructed Budget Secretary Butch Abad to provide additional budget for gadgets to be used in monitoring labor establishments, Baldoz added.
The President, however, gave two conditions in granting the labor sector’s wish. One is to preserve jobs and to help encourage companies to invest in the Philippines to create more jobs for Filipinos, said Baldoz.
“The President said existing jobs must be preserved and we have to make sure that new companies will not have a hard time complying with labor laws of the country which could turn them off from investing in the Philippines,” she added.
President Aquino told DOLE to continue protecting not only the companies but also the manpower and make sure that all workers get the necessary benefits due them. (MCA/VHS/PIA-1/Pangasinan)

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