Employment and a Safe and Healthy Workplace

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office 3 has recently forged a successful collaboration with its partner from the private sector in the promotion of decent employment and a safe and healthy workplace to boost the morale of workers in Central Luzon.

Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz, together with regional director Leopoldo B. De Jesus, assistant regional director Geraldine Panlilio, Brenda Villafuerte of the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), and executives from San Miguel, led the recent forging of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the DOLE-3, San Miguel Group, and its 40 subcontractors employing a total of 450 to fully effect the DOLE’s KAPATIRAN WISE-TAV (Big Brother – Small Brother).

“With our slogan KAPATIRAN WISE-TAV para sa mas ligtas, malusog at produktibo na mga Manggagawa,” our goal is to encourage and empower large companies like San Miguel, whose engaging in third-party contracting, to provide technical assistance to their service contractors in promoting compliance to labor standards as well as productive, safe, and healthy working conditions in the latter’s workplace,” Baldoz said.

The three large companies of the San Miguel Group namely San Miguel Brewery, Inc., San Miguel Metal Closure, and San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Group, will be the Big Brothers while their respective subcontractors are the Small Brothers.

Baldoz lauded San Miguel’s initiatives and efforts in its pursuit to improve the welfare of the employees of their subcontractors.

She expressed her support by coming up with programs and trainings to capacitate San Miguel Group’s subcontractors with knowledge and information for the proper implementation of labor standards and occupational safety and health standards at the workplace.

Panlilio, meanwhile, took the opportunity to discuss highlights of D.O. 18-A, otherwise known as the “Rules Implementing Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code, as amended,” which strictly defines primarily where the practice of contracting and subcontracting are considered legitimate or not as well as its difference from the previous D.O. 18-02.

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