NEWS FEATURE: DOLE recognizes first Ilocos bus company compliant with labor standards

By Freddie G. Lazaro


VIGAN CITY, May 24 (PIA) — The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said the Aniceto Bus Lines became the first company in the Ilocos that passed the rigid screening on compliance with labor standards.

DOLE Region 1 Director Grace Ursua conferred on the company the Tripartite Certificate of Compliance with Labor Standards (TCCLS) through its manager, Dr. Rodolfo Aniceto, Jr.

“I commend the Aniceto Bus Line for setting an example to other companies in the region for being a government partner in ensuring the protection and promotion of workers’ rights and welfare,” Ursua said.

Under the DOLE’s Department Order 115-A series of 2012 or the operational guidelines on the issuance of a TCCLS, the certificate is one of the five seals of good housekeeping under DOLE’s incentivizing compliance program.

The program is in line with DOLE’s goal of promoting voluntary compliance with General Labor Standards (GLS), Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) and Child Labor Law.

Aniceto said that the company’s slogan “My resolve to win your trust” is founded on a strong and harmonious relationship between management and employees.

“Valuing your workers leads to productivity which is good for the business,” he added.

The Aniceto Bus Line, also called Saint Joseph, was founded in 1961 by the late Inocencio Aniceto Sr., a doctor by profession.

The bus line plies the Manila-Sinait-Manila route and is based in Vigan City.

Despite a little setback in the 1990’s, the company was able to rebound from its losses and restore its business operations.

Financial problems did not give the company excuse to neglect its obligations to its employees. Through the years, Aniceto has put highest value to its workers, as they served as the company’s partners in growing the business.

The TCCLS is a requirement to qualify for the Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) and Child Labor-Free Establishment (CLFE) award and a basic pre-qualification requirement for the DOLE Secretary’s Labor Law Compliance Award and the highest award-the Tripartite Seal of Excellence (TSE).

The TSE can be obtained by an establishment upon acquiring all of the five seals of good housekeeping – the TCCLS, CLFE, GKK, National Productivity Olympics Award and the Outstanding LMC Award for Industrial Peace.

To qualify for the TCCLS, Ursua said that an establishment must meet the following criteria: duly registered with appropriate government agency such as the Department of Trade and Industry, Securities and Exchange Commission, Cooperative Development Authority or the Department of Labor and Employment; valid business permit from the local government unit; no pending case with the DOLE involving violations of GLS, OSHS and CL law at the time of application; and no case of fatal accident, permanent total/partial disability or occupational illness within a period of one year at the time of application.

“The TCCLS takes the place of a routine inspection within the three-year validity period, unless there is a complaint for violation of GLS, OSHS and Child Labor law,” Ursua said.

She likewise said that in case violation occurs during the said period, the establishment may opt to undergo the mediation process, otherwise, the certificate shall be revoked. (with reports from Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez/DOLE – Region 1)