ISABELA CITY, BASILAN –The Department of Labor and Employment Isabela City Field Office (DOLE-ICFO) successfully conducted a series of Technical and Advisory Visits (TAVs) to 170 owners and representatives of microestablishments, this city.

The TAV spanned across three dates – May 31, June 20, and August 2, 2023. The program aims to assist the micro-establishments in preparing documentary requirements for self-assessment. The sessions were designed to provide valuable insights and guidance to participating establishments. The TAV also offered a platform for establishments to voice their concerns and engage in face-to-face discussions.

The sessions were conducted by DOLE ICFO personnel, Mr. Patrick Joseph L. Dela Cruz, Sr. LEO and Mr. Marhamir K. Sahisa, LEO III. They presented to the participants the various aspects of labor laws, including General Labor Standards and the TAV Action Plan. The sessions covered topics such as statutory monetary benefits, forms of leave, social welfare benefits, and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) programs.

The participants of these sessions comprised businesses/establishments with staff ranging from a minimum of one (1) to a maximum of nine (9) employees, primarily operating in the wholesale/retail and service sectors within Isabela City.

Ms. Fe Carpio Tan, owner of GCN Sta. Cruz Pharmacy remarked, “I am thankful for this very informative, enlightening, and useful activity.”

Ms. Saada J. Sali, owner of Happy Manok shared, “Salamat sa ganitong activity. Nalinawan kami na ganito pala ang Labor laws at ang trabaho ng DOLE.”

These testimonials underscore the positive impact of the TAVs on micro entrepreneurs’ understanding of labor regulations.

DOLE-ICFO Head Marlyn M. Anoos emphasized the importance of micro establishments in the Department’s approach. “Our focus is not only on large enterprises, but also on micro establishments that contribute significantly to our country’s economy,” she said.

The TAVs showcased DOLE’s new developmental approach, as outlined in Department Order 238 series of 2023. This approach, in line with Article 128 of the Philippines Labor Code and Republic Act No. 11058, emphasizes the administration and enforcement of labor standards. The TAVs mark a significant step towards engaging with both small and large establishments, fostering a culture of compliance, and promoting fair and ethical labor practices.

The success of the TAVs demonstrates DOLE’s commitment to fostering a labor-friendly environment that supports micro businesses in their growth journey. With a renewed understanding of labor laws and standards, these establishments are better equipped to thrive in the competitive business landscape while ensuring the welfare of their employees.

END/with reports from MSahisa, ICFO