DOLE set to implement mandatory registration of business establishments
by MS Arguelles
LEGAZPI CITY (27 April) -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is poIsed to fully implement the Mandatory Registration of Business Establishment Program within the second quarter of this year.
DOLE Bicol OIC-Regional Director Ernesto C. Bihis in a media briefing here on Wednesday, April 25, said “all establishments must register even before the start of the operation”.
However, Bihis clarified that the registration, even though mandatory, is free, meaning there will be no fees and no hidden charges. “All they (businessmen) have to do is just to fill out the form and submit it to us.”
Bihis said the mandatory business registration is being pushed to have a unified establishment’s master list and for DOLE to identify areas of improvement in its delivery of services.
He pointed out that the registration and the master list is not just for inspection purposes but will be used as baseline data for the free developmental-training of the office.
The DOLE has lots of free training lined-up like the new inter-management and human resource training. “With the master list we could easily identify which companies need our help,” Bihis stressed.
Under Rule 10-20, the DOLE free mandatory registration should be made by companies right after the release of their local business permits.
Existing establishments who are not yet registered are encouraged to register as soon as possible since one of the criterion during inspection is the Establishment Registration Certificate.
Bihis bared that no penalties will be imposed this year. “ Year 2007 will be like an amnesty year. In fact, I even instructed our inspectors to bring registration form during inspection and let companies register right there.” (PIA Albay) [top]