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DOLE DEPARTMENT ORDER 214-2020

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III issued Department Order 214, Series of 2020  lifting the prescriptive periods for the commencement of actions, claims, petitions, complaints, processes, and other proceedings before the Office of the Secretary, Bureau and Regional Offices in the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has been lifted in all areas under community quarantine, except in areas including the locality of residence  of the complainant or petitioner and/or venue of the filing of the actions, claims, petitions and complaints, that are still placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ), Modified ECQ, or on hard/total lockdown.

Petitions, complaints, claims, applications for registration and permits or renewal will be filed, as far as practicable, through the use of courier services, postal services, regional website, electronic mail and other digital platforms, whatever may be applicable. However, in the event that petitions, complaints, claims, registrations and permits or renewals are personally filed, the concerned office accept the documents for appropriate action subject to observance of the minimum health standards and protocols.

In areas under various classifications of community quarantine, except those under ECQ, MECQ, or hard/total lockdown, applications for Department Order 174-17 “Labor Contracting and Subcontracting”; Permit to Operate Mechanical Equipment and Certificate of Electrical Wiring Installation; Alien Employment Permit (AEP), and License to Operate Private Employment Agency will be acted upon and processed in accordance with the prescribed rules and regulations. Applications for renewal of registration, permit, certificate or license which expired within the period of the community quarantine shall be filed thirty (30) working days from the expiration except in cases where the registration, permit, certificate or license expires during the period of the ECQ, MECQ, or hard/total lockdown, in which cases the 30 day period to file the applications for renewal shall be reckoned from the lifting of the ECQ, MECQ, or hard/total lockdown.

For the registration and reporting requirements of Labor Organization and Worker’s Associations in areas under community quarantine regardless of classifications, applications will be filed through the Online Union Registration System (OURS), whenever applicable. In the event that applications for registration of labor organizations and workers associations are personally filed, the concerned office will accept the same for appropriate action subject to the observance of the minimum health standards and protocols.

For the releasing of certificates of Registrations, Permits and Licenses, it may be released by appointment or through courier or postal services while for Permits to Operate Mechanical Equipment and Certificate of Electrical Wiring Installation may be through electronic mail and other digital platforms.

For the conduct of conferences, hearings and other proceedings will be conducted through the use of digital platforms, if available to all parties. In case of non-availability of digital platforms, conferences and other proceedings may be conducted through conventional means and observing the prescribed minimum health standards and protocols. In case of a party involving a large number of individuals or group, the individuals elect a representative if practicable in order to minimize over-crowding in the conference or proceedings. Service of writs of execution shall proceed observing the prescribed protocols.                   

On the conduct of certification election and DOLE-supervised local election,  it will be conducted through the use of digital platforms as maybe agreed upon by the parties, or through conventional while for the conduct of inspection, in areas under community quarantine, the inspection of establishments for enforcement of labor standards , DO 174-17 registration and other similar instances that require inspection of establishments shall proceed in accordance with a separate guideline to be issued by the DOLE Secretary.

The minimum health protocols prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH) and the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force shall be strictly observed in all processes and proceedings.

For more information on programs and services of DOLE, please visit our webpage @ www.dole.gov.ph and car.dole.gov.ph.

END/Patrick Rillorta

 

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2020-09-29
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