The Department of Labor and Employment-Cordillera urged establishments to cooperate in the yearly inspection of establishments as part of its intensified promotion of decent work and protection of workers’ rights.

DOLE-Cordillera Director Exequiel Ronie Guzman said labor inspections will be intensified to remind businesses that laborers have rights under the Constitution.

“Our labor inspectors will check the status of workers, especially in the implementation of the general labor standards, which include whether (companies’) employees are regular,” Guzman said.

Guzman said DOLE will assist and give establishments time to rectify their deficiencies and violations.

He added that if corrections are not done in the mandatory conferences, the department will issue a compliance order. If left unattended, the violations will be used as a ground for filing of a suit.

DOLE Assistant Regional Director Jesus Elpidio B. Atal, Jr. said 1,095 establishments were inspected as of July 30, of which 823 establishments were compliant to the General Labor Standards and 300 establishments are compliant to the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) law.

Atal added that every employer must provide a work environment free from hazardous conditions that may cause death, illness, or physical harm.

The DOLE may impose fines and sanctions to employers who fail or refuse to comply with the OSH standards.

END/Patrick T Rillorta