MANILA — Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. on Sunday described as “very welcome gift” to the Philippines the US$ 1-million technical assistance grant by the International Labor Organization (ILO) to the Philippines.
“This is a very welcome gift to the Philippines and will boost the implementation of the DOLE’s (Department of Labor and Employment) new labor laws compliance system,” Coloma said over Radyo ng Bayan.
Coloma said President Benigno Aquino III had endorsed the DOLE’s new labor laws compliance system with his grant of 372 new plantilla item positions for labor laws compliance officers who will be equipped with electronic gadgets to boost the country’s capacity to “enforce all labor laws.”
As of November 2014, a total of 69,749 establishments all over the country or 90 percent of the targeted establishments of 70,766 have been covered under the labor laws compliance system.
Of this number, 60,479 establishments covering 333,136 workers have received benefits amounting to Php69.425 million from plant-level restitution.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz has expressed elation over the grant by the ILO for the Philippines’ new labor laws compliance system.
According to Baldoz, Washington has already announced the award of the technical assistance grant.