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.