Tabuk City, Kalinga – The Department of Labor and Employment Cordillera Administrative Region (DOLE-CAR), Kalinga Field Office held a free orientation on General Labor Standards, latest Labor Orders, Advisories, Issuances, and  guidelines to 23 participants last June 17, 2021 at Bulanao, Tabuk City, Kalinga.

The interactive seminar featured topics from labor laws and social legislation, particularly the Service Incentive Leave (SIL), 13th Month pay, Holiday pay, Authorized and Just Causes of termination, and social welfare benefits. Topics on the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) included the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs), and Hazard pay.

Other relevant topics presented are the rights of the employees undergoing quarantine based on Labor Advisory No. 18, series of 2020, the COVID 19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP), Flexible Working Arrangements, and Electronic Single Entry Approach (E-SEnA).

With strict compliance to the health and safety protocols such as social distancing, only twenty three participants were allowed to attend physically. These attendees came from several business sectors and industries in Tabuk City.

Due to the nationwide lockdowns, local establishments are often left uninformed or confused of the implementation and applicability of new Department Orders, Labor Advisories and Issuances. This prompted the Field Office to seek an appropriate opportunity to shed light by educating the clients of their information gap.

With restrictions on gatherings slowly easing, the Field Office immediately reached-out to the localities by serving them with the much needed clarifications on labor-related concerns and issuances.

Attendees were generally receptive of the orientation as evidenced by their willingness to interact and cooperate in the discussions.

The DOLE-CAR continues to educate and provide knowledge on the rights and responsibilities of workers and employers, and enable them to become responsible partners in building harmonious labor-management relations to attain decent and productive work, which ultimately maintains industrial peace.

END//with reports from Kalinga Field Office