DOLE’s ‘seal of good housekeeping’ first harvest:
128 candidates from agriculture, industry, services sectors

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz happily announced yesterday that 128 companies have been enrolled under the DOLE’s labor law compliance incentive system and–provided they meet the standards of the Incentivizing Compliance Program, the DOLE’s ‘seal of good housekeeping’–would be candidates for the Tripartite Seal of Excellence (TSE), the country’s highest award for labor standards-based industrial excellence.

Baldoz’s announcement came after she formally launched the DOLE Incentivizing Compliance Program (ICP) at the 7th Safety Milestone Recognition (SMILE) Award at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila on 06 December 2012.

The ICP, which has been endorsed and supported by the Tripartite Industrial Peace Council, is based on Department Order No. 115-11, Series of 2011, otherwise known as the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Incentivizing Compliance Program.

It is an institutional reform outlined in the Philippine Labor and Employment Plan 2011-2016 calling for the convergence and integration of programs on labor law compliance to strengthen self-regulation and voluntary labor standards compliance among the country’s industries.

Consistent with D.O. 115-11, Baldoz had issued D.O. 115-A, Series of 2012, or the Operational Guidelines on the Issuance of a Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards (TCCLS).

The Tripartite Seal of Excellence,  D.O. 115-A provides, can be obtained by an establishment upon acquiring all of the five DOLE “good housekeeping” certificates, as follows: (a) Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards (TCCLS); (b) Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK); (c) Certificate for Child Labor-Free Establishment (CFLE),  (d) National Productivity Olympics Award; and (e) Outstanding Labor Management Council (LMC)  Award for Industrial Peace.

The first level “seal of good housekeeping”, the TCCLS, is to be issued by a DOLE regional office to enrolled establishments.

In general, however, the regulatory track remains the primary framework in ensuring compliance with labor laws, Baldoz said.

“The ICP, as a tool for promoting voluntary compliance with the involvement of workers and employers, constitutes a complementary approach to (a) embed a culture of voluntary compliance with labor laws; (b) ensure fair, expeditious, and non-litigious settlement of disputes;  (c) enhance workplace productivity;  (d) promote decent work; and (e) increase the level of Philippine competitiveness,”  Baldoz explained.

Thus, the ICP promotes voluntary compliance by giving due recognition to a company’s initiative to voluntarily comply with labor laws or, for having implemented a much higher level of standards, rewards an establishment with a Tripartite Seal of Excellence on their products and in the establishment, and by assisting a non-compliant company, through training and technical assistance, to enable it to comply with the requirements set by law.

An establishment shall be given a corresponding tripartite certification and/or a TSE, as the case may be, upon compliance.

The first 128 ICP are companies from the country’s three major industries:  agriculture, industry, and services.  They include manufacturing firms, academic institutions, electric cooperatives, agribusinesses, shipbuilding, mining, and other light to heavy industries.

The ICP ‘pioneers’ are as follows: Moog Controls Corporation, Baguio Country Club, SN Aboitiz Power Benguet/Magat Plant, Hedcor, University of the Cordilleras, Divine Word College of Bangued, Tiger Machinery and Industrial Corporation, Fompac Plastics Corporation, Air Liquide Philippines, inc., Fompac Plastics Corporation, Manila Electric Company, Suyen Corporation,  Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Dusit Thani;

NMC Container Lines, Inc., Unilever Philippines, Interdent, Inc., Julant Pest Control System,  Far Eastern University-Dr. Nicanor Reyes Memorial Medical Center, Chimes Enterprises, Northern Cement Corporation, Team Sual Corporation, Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc., Holcim Phils. Inc., Petron Aparri Depot,  ISELCO, International Wiring System-Luisita Industrial, IEWP, Nanox Phils., Petron, DJ Roque Construction,  Honda Phils. Inc., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, Limcoma Multi-Purpose Cooperative;

Mary Mediatrix Medical Center, Nestle Phils. Inc.-Lipa Factory, Stepan Philippines, JG Summit Petrochemical, Keppel Batangas Shipyard, Shell Philippines Exploration Malampaya Onshore Plant, AG & P Co. of Manila Inc., San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation, Analog Devices, Rohm Electronics, MN TEC, AP Renewables, Amkor Technology, Toyota Motors Philippines, Automotive Air-Conditioning, RCM Manufacturing, Inc., STM Electronics, Inc., Sunpower Phils. Module Mfg.;

Toshiba Information Equipment Phils., Inc., Ford Motor Co. Phils., Tesltar Manufacturing Corp., 2122 Corporation, SmithKline Beecham Research Ltd., Team Energy, Inc., Pearl Energy Philippines Operating, Inc., Riotuba Nickle Mining, Coral Bay Nickle Corporation, Oriental Mindoro Electric Coop., Oriental Mindoro Electric Coop., Occ. Mindoro Electric Coop., Marinduque Electric Coop., Tablas Electric Coop., Energy Development Corporation, Innodata Knowledge Services, Inc.;

Metro Gaisano, Visayas Coco Development Corp.,  L’Fisher Hotel, Pepsi Cola Products Phils. Inc., Marketing One Unlimited Corporation, Taiyo Yuden Phils. Inc., Wellmade Motors and Development Corp., St. Joseph’s Academy, Tsuneishi Heavy Industries, Green Core, Ursumcu,  Northern Samar Electric Coop., Tacloban CCBPI, Biliran Electric Coop., Mercury Drug, Brodeth Marketing, Southern Leyte Employees Coop, Southern Leyte Coop. Bank, Samar Electric Coop.;

TVI Resource Development Phils., Inc., Aurora Integrated Multipurpose Cooperative (AIMCOOP-Main), ZAMSURECO I, Philippine Pioneer Product Corporation, Del Monte Phils. Inc., Dole Skyland North, Pilipinas Kao Inc., Stanfilco (a division of Dole Philippines), R.O. Tesoro and Sons, Inc., Concentrix, University of Mindanao, Davao Light and Power Co., TADECO, Hedcor Sibulan, Inc., Nakayama Technology, Ulticon Builders, Inc., Allado Construction, Davao Doctor’s College, Philippine Japan Activated Carbon;

Del Monte Fresh Produce (Phils.) Inc., Dole Stanfilco North Cotabato Zone, Notre Dame University, Cotabato Light and Power Co., Notre Dame of Tacurong College, Dole Philippines, Sagittarius Mines, Inc., Alsons Aquacultures, Inc., South  Cotabato Integrated Port Services, Celebes Coconut Corporation, Agusan del Norte Electric Cooperative Inc., Jaka Equities Corporation, Taganito Mining Corporation, PhilSaga Mining Corporation, Petron Nasipit Depot, and others.

Finally, on top these 128 firms, there are also 220 potential TCCLS awardees from other sectors of Philippine industries.