Issue of November 12, 2017
Mt. Province

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Homegrown mall follows DOLE’s no high heel order
by Rimaliza A. Opiña

One of the busiest and homegrown business establishments in Baguio and La Trinidad has implemented the no high heel and the sitting break policies imposed recently the Department of Labor and Employment’s Bureau of Working Conditions.

Despite initial misgivings, TiongSan Harrison and La Trinidad Marketing Officer Janelle Raga said after the DOLE issued the department order, they immediately complied.

TiongSan used to make their sales staff wear shoes with two-inch heels for those who are less than five feet tall. Raga said this is to make their sales staff easily noticeable by customers, for often, shelves obscure them.

Office workers, and pregnant women on the other hand, are not required to wear heels.

TiongSan is now also implementing the seating break policy. Supervisors ensure that each sales staff are able to rest for a few minutes.

Close to 1,000 sales staff (both in TiongSan Harrison and La Trinidad) are benefitting from this new policy, Raga said.

On Aug. 25, DOLE Sec. Silvestre Bello issued Department Order 178 s. 2017 mandating employers to institute control measures to address the risks to safety and health of workers while standing at work or those who walk frequently.

Employers were also mandated to install wood or rubber flooring to mitigate the impact of frequent walking, and provide tables or foldable seats to allow employees to continue working even while during sitting breaks.

It was not immediately known if the DOLE regional office has started inspecting the establishments’ compliance to the order that took effect last Sept. 24.

DOLE has warned that employers or business establishment that violate the order may face penalties under existing labor standards, but DOLE would first try to implement the order using a positive approach.

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