Strategic compliance on labour inspection

Capacity Building Workshop on Strategic Compliance in Visayas Region

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has implemented reforms to improve its labour inspectorate system, in response to a 2009 ILO Technical Audit of the Philippines Labour Inspectorate which DOLE requested. Reforms started with the adoption of the Rules on the Labour Laws Compliance System (LLCS) which introduced more active engagement of workers and employers at the enterprise level during inspection, and sought to integrate a developmental approach to labour inspection.

The issuance of the new inspection Rules, presented an opportunity for partners to implement a strategic compliance approach to labour laws compliance. The strategic compliance approached in developing inspection strategies gave the labour inspectorate a new way to achieve compliance outcomes despite limited resources, mismatched powers and enable sharing of the responsibility for promoting compliance.

The ILO was approached to conduct capacity building workshops in Luzon and Visayas regions. During the Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting of the ILO Building the Capacity of the Philippine Labour Inspectorate Project, the ILO facilitated a shorter strategic compliance exercise after PAC member expressed interest to use the approach in identifying initial priorities for ILO’s future resource mobilization efforts. Project partners in the PAC expressed appreciation on how a strategic compliance exercise helped tripartite identification of compliance priorities and identification of possible contributions by both workers and employers in promoting compliance.

The workshop participants will be attended by the Regional Directors or Assistant Regional Directors; Labour Inspection focal points in the regions; Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Regional Tripartite Peace Councils/Priority Industrial Tripartite Council in the regions; and workers and employers’ organisations from member organisations in the PAC, specifically the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), Federation of Free Workers (FFW), Sentro ng Nagkakaisa at Progresibong Manggagawa (SENTRO), Associated Labor Unions (ALU), Industriall Global Unions and the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP).