The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE XI) officially recognized on Thursday, December 6, 2012 the business establishments in Davao region that exhibit exemplary commitment and adherence to the provisions of the General Labor Standards, Occupational Safety and Health Standards and R.A. 9231 or the Child Labor Law.  DOLE XI Regional Director Joffrey M. Suyao conferred to 13 companies the Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards (TCCLS), a first level “seal of good housekeeping” recognition granted by DOLE pursuant to its Incentivizing Compliance Program (ICP).

After going through an audit process of rigid table and on-site validation and assessment by the members of the Regional Tripartite Certification Committee, the following companies were conferred with the TCCLS: (1) Allado Construction, Inc.; (2) Synnex  – Concentrix Corporation; (3) Davao Doctors College, Inc; (4) Davao Light and Power Company, Inc; (5) DOLE Philippines – Stanfilco Division; (6) Del Monte Fresh Produce Philippines, Inc; (7) Hedcor, Inc.; (8) Hedcor Sibulan, Inc; (9) Nakayama Technology Corporation; (10) Tagum Agricultural Development Company, Inc.; (11) San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Plant Corporation – Davao Beverage Packing Plant; (12) University of Mindanao; and (13) Ulticon Builders Inc.  The other applicant-companies which failed to make the cut are undergoing the remediation procedure and may be considered for the next batch of awardees.

Director Suyao said that “the system of certification and the awarding of the TCCLS is part of the institutional reforms initiated by Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz as outlined in the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan (LEP) 2011-2016.  It calls for convergence and integration of programs on labor law compliance and is aimed to encourage business entities and employers to voluntarily comply with the requirements of labor laws.  The DOLE puts premium on voluntariness; and the awardees deserve our highest commendation for leading the way of voluntary compliance and self-regulation.”

The TCCLS is a basic pre-qualification requirement to the DOLE Secretary’s Labor Law Compliance Award, which may be given to an establishment holding a TCCLS plus two (2) other awards bestowed by DOLE.   The highest award is the Tripartite Seal of Excellence (TSE), which may be obtained by an establishment after acquiring all the five (5) DOLE “good housekeeping” certificates – TCCLS of the DOLE Regional Office; Child Labor-Free Establishment (CLFE) award of the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns; Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) award of the Occupational Safety and Health Center; National Productivity Award of the National Wages and Productivity Commission; and the Outstanding LMC for Industrial Peace of the National Conciliation and Mediation Board.

The awarding of TCCLS highlighted the Year-End Assembly of the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC) – XI.  The RTIPC Assembly was also the venue of the signing of the Voluntary Code of Good Practices on Decent Work+ Agenda by the members of the newly-established Construction Industry Tripartite Council XI.  The activity provided the tripartite champions an opportunity to celebrate strengthened partnership and collaboration among labor, management and government sectors in the region.