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Beware of fake labor inspector, DOLE-NCR warns

Manila (26 November) -- Employers in Metro Manila should be wary against the latest modus operandi of "pseudo" labor inspectors who ride the tide of project LEAP to extort money from companies found with violations on core labor standards.

This was the warning issued by Department of Labor and Employment ? National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR) Regional Director Raymundo G. Agravante who advises Metro Manila employers that their labor inspectors are issued with a corresponding DOLE ID, the Project LEAP ID and duly-signed Inspection Authority as they perform their duty.

"Very soon, employers can also check at the DOLE-NCR website the names and pictures of inspectors involved in Project LEAP so they can avoid fake individuals pretending to be labor inspectors who extort money from them. We are in the process of refining some technicalities in the posting of their pictures in the website to effect transparency in inspection," Agravante said in a statement posted on its official website.

DOLE implements Project Labor Enforcement and Action Program (LEAP) to achieve a 70 per cent target in employer's compliance with the minimum wage and other labor standards. Project LEAP is an intensive inspection program that uses a zonal approach in spot checking establishments employing 10-199 workers.

For about a month now, DOLE-NCR is inspecting establishments in Metro Manila to find out if companies are complying with core labor standards and impose corrective measures for violators. This is in line with the labor and employment agenda of Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.

While waiting for the web postings, he advised employers to call the DOLE-NCR Technical Support and Service Division on Labor Relations and Labor Standards (TSSD-LRLS) at telephone number 339-2017 or the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) at telephone number 527-3000 local 307 to 308 to check the identity of Labor Inspectors who visit their establishments.

Currently, there are 56 labor inspectors visiting different establishments in the cities of Makati and Pasay, the inspection team will move from one district to another in the succeeding months. The DOLE-NCR Inspectorate is augmented by labor inspectors coming from other regions like Cordillera Administrative Region, Region 1, Region V and from the Bureau of Working Conditions.

More than 6,000 establishments in Metro Manila will be subject for inspection until the end of November 2010. Labor inspectors will verify employers compliance as to: minimum wage, 13th month pay, holiday, premium, overtime and night differential pay, leave and other benefits like SSS, Pag-ibig and Philhealth contributions. Firms found with violations will be issued with a Compliance Order and a labor standards case will be filed in the event the employer fails to correct them.

During the first two weeks of Project LEAP in Makati and Pasay, there were 1,001 establishments inspected out of the 1,100 target or a 91% accomplishment rate. 354 were found with Labor Standards violations; 647 were Labor Standards compliant; and 13 establishments complied with plant level corrections, which brings the compliance rate to 65.93%. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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