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PORT BARTON RESORT OWNERS TOURISM ASSOCIATION INC. SEEKS DOLE’S ASSISTANCE TO BE COMPLIANT ON LLCS

As a pro-active approach, the DOLE-Palawan Field Office through its Labor Law Compliance Officers heeded the call of Ms. Emelie Besaga, President of the Port Barton Resort Owners Tourism Association Inc in Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan, to conduct an Orientation on General Labor Standards (GLS) and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) of the Labor Laws Compliance System on 11 January 2017.

 

As a background on Port Barton, it is a village on the north-west coast of the island of Palawan in the Philippines. It's about 23km north-west of Roxas. It is a quieter, smaller, and more laid-back version of El Nido. The activities you can do here are very similar to those in El Nido but it does not usually attract luxury seeking, status vacationers. Instead, it has become a popular choice for budget backpackers and other adventurous international travellers, who appreciate and enjoy the rural, relaxed atmosphere and natural beauty that this quiet and peaceful beachside village, on the edge of the rainforest, has to offer.

 

Port Barton is comparatively unspoiled and somewhat unsophisticated, and that’s exactly what seems to make it an attractive destination. Only recently has construction of a paved, concreted road into Port Barton gotten priority. There is very little public transport shuttling to and from the village, just a couple of jeepney and bus trips daily.

 

The community was built on fishing and offshore pearl-farming, although tourism has gradually (since the early 1990s) taken over as the primary source of income. Increasingly, outsiders are moving into Port Barton to set up small businesses that can cater to tourists. Farmers can be seen walking their buffalos to their fields, children in school uniforms walking the 2-3 blocks to school, older teens playing in the basketball courts, and fishermen untangling their nets on the beach.

 

The Thirty Six (36) members/resorts owners/employees who participated in the orientation were very appreciative of our information dissemination considering that Joint Assessment has not started yet this year. Some participants stressed that among national government agencies, only the DOLE visited them. 

 

Issues of other national government agencies particularly the SSS, Philhealth and Pag-Ibig for their workers social welfare benefits’ compliance were among their concerns. Another is the request for the Regional Tripartite Wage Board-MIMAROPA personnel to visit them for the conduct of Facility Evaluation. They are hoping that through our early intervention, Port Barton resort owners would be compliant.

 

End/MA. SOCORRO U. MARQUEZ

LLCO/LCO-DESIGNATE-PALAWAN Field Office  

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