The Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) has reported its remarkable accomplishments this year in terms labor force welfare and employment regularization services which benefitted 69,575 workers and employer representatives, as well students.
In a press conference called for by the NCR Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) Chair and DOLE-NCR Regional Director Atty. Johnson G. Cañete , DOLE-NCR OIC Assistant Regional Director Atty. Maria Consuelo S. Bacay disclosed that 4,350 companies were able to take advantage of the 1,010 seminars under agency’s Labor and Employment Education Services in 2016.
Atty. Bacay also disclosed that labor laws compliance offcers of the agency were able to assess 12,554 establishments within the region, 427 of which were assessed for security of tenure concerns.
In terms of the efforts to provide a speedy, impartial, inexpensive and readily accessible resolution of complaints arising from employer-employee relationship, the regional office was able to dispose 92 percent, or 6,553 of the 7,158 Request for Assistance (RFAs) it received. On the other hand, the agency was able to dispose 2,736 labor standards-related cases under the SpeED Project, or the Speedy and Efficient Delivery of Labor Justice Project.
Atty. Bacay also shared on the DOLE-NCR’s efforts to strengthen trade unions and other workers’ organization s through the implementation of the Workers’ Organization and Development Program (WODP).
“This year, 262 union officers and members from six unions were able to access nine training grants,” she said.
“Six dependents officers and members were also provided with a scholarship grant under the Isabelo delos Reyes Scholarship component of the WODP,” she added.
In order to ensure compliance with occupational safety and health (OSH) standards and make work places more worker-friendly, DOLE-NCR was also able to accredit 123 OSH practitioners, and approved 6,331 Construction Safety and Health Programs (CHSPs).
The RCC Year-End Press Conference and Meeting was held at the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC) Multi-Purpose Hall in Makati City on December 5, 2016. RCC member-agencies represented included the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC), and NCR offices of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), National Labor Relation s Commission(NLRC), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB).