Camiguin declared as 1st Labor Laws Compliant Tourism Destination in Mindanao

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 11 – Known as the island “Born of Fire,” the Department of Labor and Employment-region 10 (DOLE-10) is set to declare Camiguin as Labor Laws Compliant Tourism Destination.

This, after regional director Raymundo G. Agravante made an ocular inspection and courtesy calls to the provincial local officials and Mambajao mayor Ma. Luisa D. Romualdo on March 4, 2015 together with the Technical Support Services Division (TSSD) chief Atheneus A. Vasallo.

Aside from the Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants Industry Tripartite Council (HRRITC) created in 2013, the province has an existing Wholesale and Retail ITC that was organized in 2014. Both have the voluntary codes of good practices.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz will unveil the 33.25ftx15.75ft sized marker to be mounted at the Benoni Port in the Municipality of Mahinog that welcomes the foreign and local tourists alike upon entering the island.

“After undergoing joint assessment activities under the tourism establishment on the Labor Laws Compliance, the Department is now ensured voluntary compliance to both General Labor Standards and Occupation Safety and Health, Thus, satisfied workers and peaceful working environment to venues of a productive workplace, said Agravante during the conference meeting with the Camiguin Provincial Government represented by provincial board member Jose C. Ladao.

Baldoz will also give conferment to more than 30 companies with Certificate of Compliance.

The unveiling activity is the result brought through the Labor Laws Compliance System (LLCS) with the support from the Camiguin Provincial Governor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo together with the five municipal mayors of Catarman, Guinsiliban, Mahinog, Mambajao and Sagay.

Assigned Labor Laws Compliance Officers include: Elna B. Seguiero, Bernadette Y. Hallazgo and Brix A. Merlin.

Meanwhile, Mambajao mayor Romualdo expressed both pride and pleasure as the declaration, being a labor laws compliant tourism destination, contributes to the development and progress of the province.

“This marker soon tells everyone that we are not only capable of giving the correct wages and benefits, as mandated, but as well as treating our employees by providing them conducive working conditions, above all giving them dignity”. Romualdo said.

Agravante expressed his joy over such ambitious accomplishment in terms of creating industries in upholding the culture of voluntary compliance.  He emphasized that it is the goal of the department to support to the objectives outlined by the President, to help, lead, and make all companies in the region compliant to labor laws.

“This is an indicator that DOLE-10 continues to do better to align all its programs in providing a decent and productive employment for every Camiguiño,” Agravante said.

LLCS promotes voluntary compliance through the use of developmental approach which aims to inculcate a culture of voluntary compliance with labor laws; to ensure fair, expeditious, and non-litigious settlement of disputes; to encourage the use of settlement in all labor cases; and to strengthen tripartism among the employees, employers, and the government. (Glenford Labial/DOLE-10)

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