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The Bureau envisions to plant and yield vegetables within its premises. To make it possible, Ms. Lalaine Familara, the Green Our DOLE Program focal of the Bureau, invited Mr. Kevin Quinones, Agriculturist II from the Bureau of Plant Industry to give a lecture on urban gardening. This environment-friendly initiative seminar was conducted for the BWC employees to be equipped with knowledge and skills on how they can actively involve themselves in green workplaces and in protecting the environment

Mr. Quinones emphasized that gardening is not just for provinces but is also possible in the cities through the so-called urban gardening. As he discussed the simplified process of growing plants and vegetables inside the office, he pointed out that it will not only green up the office but will surely foster a work environment that coexists with nature.   

 

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The DOLE has recently issued the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10757 “An Act Reducing The Retirement Age of Surface Mine Workers From Sixty (60) to Fifty (50) Years, Amending For The Purpose Article 302 Of PD No. 442, as amended, otherwise known as The Labor Code Of The Philippines” from 60 years old.

 The law also amends the retirement articles under the Labor Code and the Social Security Act by stating that miners upon the age of 50 may retire and would be entitled to retirement benefits. It added that the retirement clause applies to surface miners who should have served at least five (5) years before their retirement.

 The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) drafted the Implementing Rules and Regulations after a long and tedious consultation with the different stakeholders from the labor and employer groups as well as from the government. The Rule took effect on April 27, 2016 when Republic Act 10757 went into force.

 The IRR is replete with information on its coverage, who is qualified under the law, retirement benefits, computation of retirement pay, entitlement of benefits under the Social Security System, rules on retirement age as well as its penal provision. The IRR was published at Manila Times on 06 January 2017.

 

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Women in our country have moved into industry and the service sector in increasing numbers. In the past 20 years, they have become almost 50% of the workforce in many of our industries. The DOLE values this contribution of women in the world of work. It supports the Philippine Government’s goal to protect the human rights of women and its commitment to address all forms of VAW.

This year’s 18-Day Campaign to End Violence Against Women (VAW) from November 25 to December 12 has this objective of raising awareness among all stakeholders that VAW is a public issue of national concern. Building upon this momentum, the DOLE has time and again developed policies that ensure that the rights of women are upheld.These issuances include: Republic Act 1161, as amended by R.A. 8282 (Maternity Leave), R.A. 8972 (Solo Parent Leave), R.A. 9262 (VAWC Law), R.A. 9710 (Special Leave Benefits Under Magna Carta for Women), R.A. 10028 (Act Promoting Breastfeeding), R.A. 7877 (Anti-Sexual Harassment Law), D.O. 56-03 (Family Welfare Program), R.A. 10151 (Lifting of Night Prohibition for Women) and RA 8504 (Philippine AIDS Law).

These policies and programs are monitored through the Department’s Labor Laws Compliance Officers as part of the Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS). The LLCS is one of the country’s best practices in the world of work. It has strengthened the implementation of labor standards which affords full protection for the country’s women workers.

While compliance to these issuances have increased through the years, Bureau hopes that workers’ rights must be equitably accessed by all regardless of gender, type and nature of work and nationality.

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  In April 2016, BWC specialists on general labor standards, maritime laws, construction and other topics answered invitations to be a resource speaker in a total of 14 engagements. This is part of the advocacy of the bureau to continuously update and disseminate information about the country’s labor rules and regulations.

BWC specialists from the three (3) divisions namely Nicanor Bon, Dr. Ma. Imelda Santos, Engr. Constante Viloria, Emila De Guzman, Dr. Marco Antonio Valeros, Engr. Maria Kristina De Guzman,  Engr. Kristine Carol Soriente, Atty. Divine Grace Gabunas, , Sylvia Valdez, Lalaine Familara, Sarah Kay Juan, Mafel Sanchez and Dianne Lyneth Alavado regularly attend foras and workshops as resource speakers. They discuss topics on Construction Safety and Health Program, General Labor Standards, Wages and Wage-related benefits, Labor Laws Compliance System, Revised Guidelines in the Private Security Industry, Maritime Law, Guidelines Governing OSH in the Construction Industry, and Guidelines in Contracting and Subcontracting. They cater to a wide range of audiences such as BPO HR personnel, Conciliator-Mediators, Labor Union officers, DPWH safety personnel and others.

 

Being a resource speaker in foras or seminar/workshops allows the BWC to impart knowledge and raise awareness of a target audience on important labor laws. In addition, it provides a venue of active interaction with stakeholders, giving us the opportunity to connect with those affected by the labor rules. Commencement of healthy discussions with stakeholders surfaces issues and concerns as well as best practices that may be used in amendments of some rules or the drafting of new ones to answer the ever changing needs of our clientele.

 

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