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This December, labor inspections were suspended. DOLE

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There won’t be any labor inspections in December, according to a statement made on Tuesday by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

The suspension will be put into effect, according to Administrative Order No. 342 signed by Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma, in order to concentrate on handling all outstanding labor standards complaints for the year and planning the inspection schedule for 2023.

Starting on December 1, the order instructs DOLE regional directors to temporarily halt all labor inspection actions in their districts.

Inspections conducted in response to complaints, investigations into compliance with Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) standards, technical safety inspections (including checks of boilers, pressure vessels, and mechanical and electrical wiring installation), and other inspections as directed by the DOLE Secretary are all exempt from the order.

The DOLE’s labor inspectors have examined 74,945 establishments as of October 31.

The initial compliance percentage is 94.49 percent for the minimum wage, 53.96 percent for OSHS, and 78.08 percent for general labor norms.

Following the implementation of the required modifications, the inspected facilities’ compliance rates with OSHS and general labor requirements are 72.61 percent and 88.24 percent, respectively.

Records-keeping, Pag-IBIG Fund coverage and remittances, and coverage for the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and Social Security System are a few significant examples of general labor norms that have been broken (SSS).

The absence of the first aider, safety officer(s), fire safety inspection certificate, establishment registration, and creation of the firm OSH program are examples of common OSH violations.

While the program was suspended, Laguesma urged the regional DOLE offices to hold local training events like Level 1A: Basic Course for Labor Inspectors.

This is done, he continued, “to make sure that the labor inspectorate is up to speed on the most recent regulations and is highly qualified and outfitted to carry out its tasks in enforcing labor laws and OSH norms.”

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