DOLE intensifies implementation of DO 18-A

An April 16, 2012 press release from the Department of Labor and Employment

Number of workers under Kapatiran WISE-TAV rises to 209,243

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has reported increases not only in the number of workers but also in the number of “Big Brother” and “Small Brother” companies joining its Kapatiran WISE-TAV program, indicating that as the DOLE intensifies its implementation of Department Order (DO) No. 18-A, or the Rules Implementing Articles 106 to 109 of the Labor Code, as Amended, voluntary compliance is likewise gathering momentum.

Citing a report of the Bureau of Working Conditions, Baldoz said that as of the end of March, there are already 80 “Big Brother” and 840 “Small Brother” companies enrolled under the Kapatiran WISE-TAV program, with a total of 209,243 workers covered.

“These companies, by joining the Kapatiran WISE-TAV, demonstrate their agreement with us that we don’t want to hear the Philippines being labeled as a ‘global sweatshop’ but, instead, a globally competitive factory,” she said, adverting to her message in the recent Philippine Association of Local Service Contractors forum that the country’s economic growth lies against the backdrop of a successful service contracting industry that complies with general labor and occupational safety and health (OSH) standards, such as the payment of minimum wages, Social Security System, and other workers’ basic benefits.

The Kapatiran WISE-TAV Para sa Mas Ligtas, Malusog, at Produktibong Manggagawa is a flagship public–private partnership program of the DOLE and is anchored in the International Labour Organization’s Work Improvement in Small Enterprises, whose action-oriented approach has long been proven to link productivity and product quality to safer and better working conditions.

Under DO 18-A (Sec. 35), principals and subcontractors are encouraged to enroll and participate in the Kapatiran WISE-TAV, also known as the “Big Brother, Small Brother” program, to ensure compliance with labor and OSH standards, and also with the DOLE’s Incentivizing Compliance Program.

DOLE Undersecretary for Labor Relations Rebecca Chato said the track of DO 18-A is toward developmental compliance. “We would like to foster a culture of compliance among companies and their contractors and subcontractors,” she said.

Baldoz noted that in the first quarter of 2012 alone, four “Big Brothers” with 27 “Small Brothers” have enrolled in the program, covering 31,031 workers. The “Big Brother” companies are Petron Corporation in the National Capital Region and Aparri, Cagayan; Toshiba Information Equipment Philippines; and Taiyo Yuden Philippines, Inc.

In 2011, a total of 59 “Big Brothers” and 601 “Small Brothers” covering a total of 140,507 workers enrolled in the program. The “Big Brother” companies are Mead Johnson Corporation; EEI Corporation; San Miguel Corporation; San Miguel Purefoods Corporation; Continental Temic; Suyen Corporation; Unilever Philippines; Vishay Philippines, Inc.; D.M. Consunji, Inc.; Synthetic Marketing Industrial Corporation; FEU-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation; Fompac Plastics Corporation; SN Aboitiz Power (Benguet and Magat), Inc.; Moog Controls Corporation; Ginebra San Miguel (Sta. Barbara, San Fernando, and Cabuyao); Holcim Philippines; Keppel Subic Shipyard; United Pulp and Paper Co., Inc.; Trust International Paper Corporation; Hanjin Heavy Industries Philippines, Inc.; Team Energy; San Miguel Brewery (Bacolod); Distileria Bago, Inc.; Plantation Bay Holdings; Tsuneishi Heavy Industries; PASAR Corporation; TARBEMCO; Sibuguey Valley CATV MPC; Sam’s Fastfood and Bakeshop; Nestle Cagayan de Oro; DOLE Stanfilco Plastic Plant; DOLE Stanfilco Calinan Zone; DOLE Stanfilco New Products Development; DOLE Stanfilco Luna Zone; Stanfilco VHT; DOLE Stanfilco Valley Zone; Carmen Corrugated Container, Inc.; Stanfilco Panabo Zone; DOLE Plant Biotech Facility; Nakayama Technology Corporation; CJ Toyota Tsusho Philippines, Inc.; Therma Marine; DORECO; NCCC; Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc.; SUMIFRU Philippines, Inc.; Tagum Development Company; Mindanao Corrugated Fireboard; San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Plant; DOLE Philippines; Philsaga Mining Corporation; and Celebes Oil Corporation.

In 2010, four “Big Brothers” and 59 “Small Brothers” covering a total of 9,554 workers enrolled in the program. The “Big Brother” companies include Amkor, TEAM Sual, Davao Light Power Company, PLDT Davao, and Petron Corporation Davao Depot.

Baldoz observed that although service contracting is now a major driver of economic growth in the Philippines, with an increasing number of companies engaging in contracting and subcontracting, the DOLE cannot allow the proliferation of unqualified and unprofessional subcontractors from entering into subcontracting arrangements that violate or circumvent labor laws.

The DOLE regional offices, she said, are cleansing the list of registered contractors and subcontractors in accordance with their regional work plans for the implementation of DO 18-A.