The Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) conducted a seminar on basic labor standards for foreign locators to apprise them of their responsibility to uphold the rights of their workers.

The seminar also aims to facilitate voluntary compliance on labor laws and occupational safety and health standards, and help the expatriate locators improve their business processes.

Officials from 12 new foreign firms participated in the event, which was also attended by representatives of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the AFAB.

In his opening message, AFAB Chairman and Administrator Deogracias G.P. Custodio urged the participants to apply the labor standards at their companies to improve productivity, maintain harmonious employer-employee relationship and further increase profitability of their enterprises.

The seminar covered topics on providing security of tenure, just compensation and related benefits to workers and establishing a safe and healthy workplace. DOLE Central Luzon Assistant Regional Director Geraldine Panlilio discussed the Philippine Labor Code and a learning module on employee discipline and security tenure.

Under the Philippine Labor Code, every employee is covered by the conditions prescribed in the law.

Meanwhile, the AFAB commissioned interpreters for Chinese locators to facilitate speedy understanding of the rules and regulation mandated by the Labor Code.

The FAB is the emerging fashion manufacturing hub of the Philippines as it possesses a budding cluster of companies producing high-end brands of garments, apparel, shoes and accessories, like bags, jewelries, among others. Its vision is to be the Freeport of choice in the country by 2020, becoming a center of trade, innovation and sustainable development in Asia and promoting work-life balance, global competitiveness and environmental protection.

afab (Left photo) AFAB Chairman and Administrator Deogracias G.P. Custodio delivers his opening message during the seminar on basic labor standards for foreign FAB locators. (Right photo) DOLE Assistant Regional Director Geraldine M. Panlilio discusses topics on providing security of tenure, just compensation and related benefits to workers and establishing a safe and healthy workplace.