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MANILA — Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has expressed elation over the $1-million grant by the United States’ Department of Labor to the International Labor Organization (ILO) for the Philippines’s new labor laws compliance system (LLCS).

“Washington has already announced the award of the technical assistance grant. This is a very welcome gift to the Philippines as it will boost the implementation of the Department of Labor and Employment’s new labor laws compliance system which President Aquino had endorsed with his grant of 372 new plantilla positions for labor laws compliance officers— complete with electronic gadgets — to boost our capacity to enforce all labor laws,” said Secretary Baldoz.

She said the technical assistance grant is another affirmation of the efficacy of the new labor laws compliance system, a tripartite-endorsed, ILO-assisted, revolutionary reform program in labor inspection which she had initiated in 2013 and led to successful implementation in the last two years.

The LLCS, embodied in Department Order No. 131, S. 2013, is a combination of developmental and regulatory approaches in the enforcement of labor laws and social legislation, and is described as the first of its kind in the world.

“This new labor laws compliance system encourages voluntary compliance with all labor laws, including safety and health regulations, and fosters labor-management cooperation through social dialogue,” Baldoz said.

“With the system, the DOLE is no longer feared, unlike in the previous labor enforcement system in which business owners regarded the DOLE’s corps of labor inspectors as police officers looking for violations,” she added.

Baldoz said that during the first full-year of its implementation, the LLCS  showed tremendous impact in terms of the number of establishments that were jointly assessed by the LLCOs and workers’ and management’s representatives.

As of November 2014, 69,749 establishments all over the country, or 90.08 percent of the targeted establishments of 76,766, had been covered under LLCS. Of this number, 60,479 establishments, covering 333,136 workers, received assistance from 539 LLCOs. The workers received benefits amounting to P69.425 million as a result of plant-level restitution.