By Leslie Ann Aquino
Aside from television networks, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will also conduct labor inspections on various economic zones and security agencies in the country.
The Labor Department said this is to ensure their compliance with general labor standards and occupational safety and health.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III already ordered the formation of a Special Inspection Team to conduct an inspection in the priority sectors.
Composed of 34 newly-appointed Labor Inspection Auditors (LIAs), they will be directly under the supervision of Undersecretary Joel Maglunsod and OIC-Assistant Secretary Benjo Santos Benavidez.
They will be assisted by the Labor Inspection Audit Monitoring Team composed of representatives from the Bureau of Working Conditions, Bureau of Labor Relations, Financial and Management Service, Human Resource Development Service, Planning Service, and Internal Audit Service.
Upon issuance of the Authority to Inspect by the Regional Director, the DOLE said the LIAs will immediately conduct an inspection of the priority sectors, the country’s television networks included.
“The inspection teams will verify company compliance with the provisions on the workers minimum benefits such as observance of proper payment of wages, holiday, and night differential pay, service incentive leave, 13th-month pay, and other leave incentives for women which are provided for under the law,” said DOLE.
“The said companies should also observe existing labor laws on proper remittance of social benefits such as contributions for SSS, Pag-Ibig, and Philhealth,” added the Labor Department.
DOLE said aside from the main companies, their contractors, subsidiaries, and affiliates, including field, provincial, and regional operations offices, will also undergo scrutiny and thorough inspection by the LIAs.
After the inspection activities, the DOLE Regional Directors shall monitor the compliances of the television networks.
The conduct of mandatory conferences shall be consolidated at the DOLE National Capital Region. Thereafter, the DOLE NCR Regional Director shall lead in the conduct of mandatory conferences and issue a compliance order.
The LIAs that have completed the report on the television network inspection shall proceed to the inspection of economic zones and security agency in coordination with the DOLE Regional Directors.