Baguio City – Happy workers produce more efficiently but if they are unhappy, their productivity is low. The Family Welfare Program (FWP) is anchored in promoting the well-being of the family through reproductive health and responsible parenthood; education and gender equality; spirituality or value formation; income generation and livelihood and cooperative; medical health care; nutrition; environment protection, hygiene and sanitation; sports and leisure; housing and transportation.
The FWP refers to the program being promoted by the Department of Labor and Employment that provides family welfare services to workers, as described under Department Order 56-03 which is carried out in the workplace through a Family Welfare Committee (FWC) or similar welfare-based special body composed of representatives of labor, management and the plant clinic, if there is any.
Establishments employing more than 200 workers in any locality “shall” form a Family Welfare (FWC) committee through the assistance of the DOLE regional offices. Those employing less than 200 employees are “encouraged” to do the same and employers are urged to provide the necessary support, assistance and resources to FWC in the conduct of capability building activities for labor and management leaders, members of FWC committee, clinic and clinic staff, and peer educators.
The FWP is envisioned to improve the quality of life of workers and it is a combined tripartite effort in adopting a family-centered approach to the workplace. The main objectives of the program are to promote and protect and to establish a family welfare component in the workplace.
To encourage companies to create a FWP Committee in their workplaces, there are simple steps to towards setting up a FWP in the workplace is to coordinate with the DOLE Regional Office within your jurisdiction for an orientation on FWP; organize the FWC from among the management, unions and workers and clinic workers; determine what is the particular need of the employee and provide the necessary support, assistance and resources.
What’s in FWP that would interest the employers? If there’s a FWP in a company or establishments, there will be increased productivity of workers; a better quality of life of the worker and his family will contribute to reduced absenteeism and tardiness; as well as to a reduced job turnover; a better quality workforce with high productive capacity is an asset to the company and, the program may significantly improve industrial relations.
The FWP also thrives in the context of tripartism among the workers, the management, and the government sector. Of these key players, management involvement in any plant-level program spells its success or failure and the FWC will be responsible for planning, organizing and implementing, monitoring an in-plant family welfare program. The in-plant program shall focus on the 10 dimensions of the FWP.
The composition of a FWC in companies and establishments is: two or three management representatives selected by the company’s top management; two or three labor representatives involved in the education, training and welfare activities of the union; plant clinic representative (preferably doctor or head nurse) and health and safety officer.
With a WFP in the workplace, there will be a better quality of life of the workers’ family and thus contribute to reduced absenteeism and tardiness, as well as reduced job turnover; a better quality workforce with high productive capacity is an asset to the company. Moreover, the program may significantly improve industrial relations.
For more information on DOLE FWP, visit dole.gov.ph and bwsc.dole.gov.ph.
END/Patrick T Rillorta