DAVAO CITY - The Department of Labor and Employment in Davao Region (DOLE-11) reported Monday it has recorded a 92.8 percent compliance rate for General Labor Standards (GLS) after businesses in the region managed to correct their deficiencies.

DOLE-11 data showed that of the 3,613 private establishments in the region that have been inspected and monitored under the Labor Inspection Program as of November 14, at least 3,352 firms passed the GLS.

Lawyer Randolf Pensoy, DOLE-11 head, said the Labor Inspection Program aims to strengthen the "visitorial" and enforcement powers under the Labor Code of the Philippines to ensure compliance of private establishments with labor laws and standards particularly the GLS, Occupational Safety and Health (OSH), and OSH-Covid.

Pensoy said the most common violations included basic wage pay, records keeping, and social welfare coverage.

For OSH, 86.4 percent were compliant after necessary corrections on findings, such as lack of safety and health personnel and implementation of OSH program, among others.

Pensoy encouraged continuity and sustainability of compliance at workplaces, urging employers to ensure the protection of workers’ rights.

"DOLE-11, in accordance with its functions as a regional office, shall constantly promote and maintain industrial peace through comprehensive enforcement of Labor Inspection Program," he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, DOLE-11 said the top violations for OSH-Covid consisted of inconsistent observance of minimum safety and health protocol, and lack of trained personnel to handle Covid-19 cases in the workplace.

Pensoy said labor inspectors are authorized to require access to employer’s records, interview any employee on the premises, and safety inspection within the workplace including electrical and mechanical equipment.

He added that inspections are implemented through routine inspection, complaint inspection, and OSH investigation. (PNA)