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Bureau of Working Conditions

 

 The BWC shall primarily perform policy and program development and advisory functions for the Department in the administration and enforcement of laws relating to labor standards.

The BWC has the following functions:

  1. Develops and prescribes labor standards as well as policies, programs and devices on its administration and enforcement;
  2. Exercises technical and functional supervision over the regional offices on the administration and enforcement activities including  developmental programs, projects and activities;
  3. Conducts researches in aid of safety standards, policy programs, measures and devices development on labor standards and its administration and  enforcement;
  4. Provides knowledge and information services on labor standards data, programs and enforcement activities; and
  5. Performs other functions as may be required by law or assigned by the Secretary of Labor and Employment in the administration and enforcement of  labor standards.

It shall have a Policy and Program Development Division, a Program Management and Technical Support Services Division and Labor Standards Review and Appeals Division, with the corresponding duties and responsibilities, as follows:

Policy and Program Development Division

  • Develops and prescribes policies and guidelines in the administration and enforcement of labor standards laws;
  • Develops and prescribes occupational safety and health standards, including standards in the conduct of work environment measurement, standards   in the tests and  approval for safe use of industrial/electrical/mechanical installations, materials and appliances, personal protective   equipment and other safety devices, and accreditation of occupational safety and health personnel and organizations;
  • Develops and prescribes standards, policies, rules and  regulations, interpretative bulletins, and labor advisories on hours of work, atypical employment schemes and schedules and other conditions of  employment;
  • Develops schemes/programs and alternative tools for effective implementation of labor standards including capability building programs for   labor inspectorate relative to hours of work, occupational safety and health and other conditions of employment;
  • Establishes and maintains linkages with government and non-government agencies in its areas of concerns;
  • Provides technical assistance and supervision to Division’s counterparts in DOLE regional/field offices in the areas of concern and specialization; and
  • Performs such other functions as may be provided by law or as may be assigned by the Secretary.

 Program Management and Technical Support Services Division

  • Conducts relevant and necessary researches and studies in aid of legislative, policy formulation and program or project development;
  • Conducts advocacy and capacity building activities/services on labor standards for clientele awareness and the public in general;
  • Provides research and information services on labor standards data and programs/projects/activities on enforcement;
  • Develops, conceptualizes and disseminates appropriate and relevant IEC and advocacy materials on labor standards;
  • Establishes and maintains linkages with government and non-government agencies in its areas of concerns;
  • Provides technical assistance and supervision to Division’s counterparts in DOLE regional field offices in the areas of concern and  specialization; and
  • Performs such other functions as may be provided by law or as may be assigned by the Secretary.

Labor Standards Review and Appeals Division

  • Reviews decisions or orders on appealed labor standards cases from Regional Labor Offices and submits recommendations to the Secretary or  Undersecretaries;
  • Prepares comments, position papers and other inputs required of the Department on proposed legislative measures by Congress pertaining to labor  standards and related matters;
  • Renders technical assistance to field offices and LGUs with delegated authority to facilitate effective program implementation on the  administration of labor standards laws;
  • Monitors and evaluates performance of regional offices against plans, programs, activities on the administration and enforcement of labor  standards cases;
  • Maintains database system and prepares in-depth analytical evaluation reports on the effectiveness of field operations including local   government units with delegated authority with policy recommendations thereof;
  • Conducts on-the spot visits to assist, validate, monitor or evaluate activities relative to industrial accidents/occupational disease  investigations/imminent danger inquiry/proceedings;
  • Establishes and maintains linkages with government and non-government agencies in its areas of concerns;
  • Provides technical assistance and supervision to Division’s counterparts in DOLE regional field offices in the areas of concern and  specialization; and
  • Performs such other functions as may be provided by law or as may be assigned by the Secretary.
     

 

 

 
     
 
 
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