Labor Laws Compliant. Labor and Employment secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz (3rd from left) presents to Alberto F. Bacani (4th L ) of Unifrutti Philippines, Inc.  the plaque of Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards during the DOLE's 6th Social Partnership Activity. With them are (L-R) regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao, Davao City 1st District congressman Karlo B. Nograles and other officers from Unifrutii Philippines, Inc. Labor laws may be rigid, but those who abide by it are awarded.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) lauds 13 establishments in Davao region which have shown commitment and exemplary adherence to labor laws and standards as they bat to maintain industrial peace, enterprise stability and competitiveness.

As part of DOLE’s Incentivizing Compliance Program, it conferred the Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards (TCCLS) to various industries in the region ranging from agriculture to mining to manufacturing to academe and even cooperative.

Among the establishment issued TCCLS in 2013 and conferred recently during the DOLE’s 6th Social Partnership Event included Apex Mining Co, Inc (mining industry); Carmen Corrugated Containers (manufacturing); Craft International Services, Inc. (Port Services); Davao Doctors’ Hospital (Health Care); Dole-Stanfilco Valley Zone (agriculture); Immaculate Heart of Mary Academy (academe); and Interbev Philippines, Inc. (manufacturing/distribution).

The awardees also included the MAGSIGE Multipurpose Cooperative (cooperative/service provider); Mindanao Integrated Logistics Services, Inc. (logistics and stevedoring); Stanfilco-Plastic Plant (manufacturing); Stanfilco– Vapor Heat Treatment Facility (fresh fruit processing); Therma Marine, Inc. (power generation); and Unifrutti Philippines, Inc. (Support group services).

DOLE regional director Joffrey M. Suyao said the TCCLS recognition came after tripartite audit process, on-site validation, and assessment by the members of the Regional Tripartite Industry Peace Council (RTIPC).

“The TCCLS  recognition, one of DOLE’s reform measure instituted in 2012,  lauds the companies that voluntarily show commitment and exemplary adherence to the provisions on General Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health Standards, the Child Labor Law under Republic Act 9231, industrial peace, enterprise stability and competitiveness,” Suyao said.

The TCCLS certificate is a requirement to qualify for the National Productivity Olympics, Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK), and Child Labor-Free Establishment (CLFE) awards. It is a basic pre-qualification requirement to the DOLE Secretary’s Labor Law Compliance Award and the Tripartite Seal of Excellence (TSE), the highest award given by the Department.

The DOLE – Davao has awarded 13 TCCLS on 2012 and another 13 TCCLS last year.