The present administration is serious about enforcing labor standards for the protection of workers.
The Department of Labor set in motion its campaign against the worst forms of contractualization with its launch of Project Labor Enforcement and Action Program or Project LEAP.
Project LEAP is in line with the 22-point labor and employment agenda of President Benigno S. Aquino III, specifically on the directive to the DOLE to promote the constitutionally protected rights of workers.
The goal of Project LEAP is to protect workers’ rights by maximizing compliance with labor standards, including the minimum wage, ECOLA, 13th month pay, holiday pay, service incentive leave, overtime pay, night-shift differential, SSS, Pag-ibig and Philhealth contributions.
Among the things the Project LEAP will look into are the compliance of labor standards in the agricultural industry, validity of Alien Employment Permits and the related Special Visa for Employment Generation (SVEG).
The nationwide inspection which is authorized by law as part of the visitorial powers of the Labor department will be conducted by the Department of Labor’s inspection personnel with the assistance of the Regional Coordinating Councils.