A minimum of 70,000 business establishments will be subjected to social labor audit next year to ensure compliance with the new labor standards, Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said during the Red Card to Child Labor press conference yesterday.
As the labor law compliance takes effect in 2014, Baldoz said they will also ensure that there are no minors working in any establishment in the country.
Baldoz said one company has been declared by the department as child labor free company, the Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining Corp.
She said that for a company to be declared a child labor free establishment, it should also be assured that its subcontractors or suppliers do not engage in child labor.
She added that 21 companies under the supply chain of PASAR was audited and found out to be child labor free.
These establishments should also be compliant with the basic labor laws, such as paying correct wages and giving the right benefits to workers before the department will certify them as labor law compliant.
Baldoz added that President Benigno Aquino III has granted 372 plantilla positions in order to audit 70,000 establishments.*PNA