DOLE RO XI’s strong campaign on the Incentivizing Compliance Program (Department Order 115, Series of 2011) encouraged 12 establishments in the region to acquire the DOLE’s Seal for Child Labor-Free Establishment (CLFE) Certification for 2013.

The granting of the CLFE Certificate aims to promote compliant and socially responsible business practices. Joffrey M. Suyao, Regional Director further explains, “The Child Labor-Free Establishment Certificate is part of the three-pronged campaign for the Child Labor-Free Philippines in line with our Millennium Development Goal on poverty eradication.

The CLFE Certificate shall serve as a DOLE guarantee that gives assurance to brand owners and consumers that the products or services provided by the awarded establishments are not tainted with child labor.”

To incentivize the establishments’ commendable actions against child labor, the following benefits shall be given; Certificate/ Marker of Recognition as Child Labor-Free Establishment  from the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC) and the DOLE Secretary; and Priority endorsement to DOLE programs and services, such as, but not limited to, livelihood projects for the families of employees of the establishment, guaranteed booth in job fairs and exhibits, TESDA training slots and exposure in DOLE website; Use of Child Labor-Free Establishment logo in its promotional materials and activities; and Promotion in the DOLE website as partner-implementor of the Child Labor-Free Philippines Campaign.

Enrolled or nominated establishments for the CLFE Certificate must meet the following criteria: Holder of a bestowed Tripartite Certificate of Compliance on Labor Standards; Maintains a company policy expressly prohibiting child labor which is displayed publicly. For those employing young workers (15 to 17 years of age), a policy on non-assignment in hazardous work and worst forms of child labor; and the contracts or terms of engagement with its suppliers and contractors, if any, contain stipulations prohibiting child labor.

Establishments can be enrolled through a nomination from the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) or the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC); or through direct application.

“The awarding of the CLFE Certificate fortifies our Child Labor Campaigns. A rippling effect is made to reach down line contractors, suppliers and service providers. Our approach this time focuses on establishment voluntarily complying with labor standards complementary to the existing regulatory track as the primary framework in ensuring labor laws compliance.” Suyao adds.

Enrolled nominees for the Child Labor-Free Establishment Certificate are 1.) Del Monte Fresh Produce Philippines, Inc., 2.) Hedcor Inc., 3.) Hedcor Sibulan Inc., 4.) Nakayama Technology Inc., 5.) DOLE Philippines-Stanfilco Division, 6.) Davao Doctor’s College Inc., 7.) University of Mindanao, 8.) Allado Construction, 9.) Davao Light and Power Co., Inc., 10.) Synnex-Concentrixx Corporation, 11.) Tagum Agricultural Development Co., Inc (TADECO), and 12.) San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Plant Corporation-Davao Beverage Packing Plant. All 12 nominees are awarded with Tripartite Certificate of Compliance on Labor Standards.