DOLE-7 Advises Companies to Implement the Family Welfare Program
Regional Director Salome Siaton of the Department of Labor and Employment in Central Visayas (DOLE-7) stressed the need for companies to adopt the Family Welfare Program (FWP) established by the Bureau of Workers with Special Concerns (BWSC).
During the meeting with various Industry Tripartite Councils (ITCs) in the region, Siaton suggests introducing the concept of promoting the welfare of workers and families that may improve workplace productivity and worker-management relations.
The Regional Director also emphasized the possibility of attaining improvements in workplace productivity and worker-management relations if each company creates an advocacy program that can gather corporate support in promoting the employee’s quality of life through the adoption of a family-centered approach in the workplace.
“For a Family Welfare Program to become functional, there is a need to integrate in its implementation ten (10) dimensions hoping to instill family planning/ family welfare consciousness among labor and management as a key in promoting workplace productivity, among others,” she explained.
Family Welfare Program
The BWSC’s Family Welfare Program acts as a mandatory requirement for companies employing more than 200 employees. As a part of the labor and employment agency’s conduct of inspection, one of its indicators is the company’s creation of a Family Welfare Committee. On the other hand, Siaton said small establishments planning to adopt the program would be helpful and advantageous as it can make way for productivity.
The program expects advocates for the integration of the ten dimensions such as:
- Reproductive Health and Responsible Parenthood;
- Education/ Gender Equality;
- Spirituality or Value Formation;
- Income Generation/ Livelihood/ Cooperative;
- Medical Health Care;
- Environment Protection, Hygiene, and Sanitation;
- Sports and Leisure;
- Housing; and
Recently, Siaton praised the Universal Robina Milling Corporation (URSUMCO) for institutionalizing the ten dimensions of the program. URSUMCO introduced an Adopt-A-School Program as its way of sustaining Corporate Social Responsibility. The Director saw the best practices of the producing company and reiterated the need for businesses to look into the benefits of the Family Welfare Program.
“With the adoption of the Family Welfare dimensions, companies can be assured that their workers are well taken care of while fostering their Corporate Social Responsibility. The DOLE will be there to assist companies and it’s the Department’s aim to work together with them towards the attainment of the FWP goals,” said the Regional Director.