The Makati Development Corporation (MDC) will play "big brother" to its 11 subcontractors as it recently forged an agreement with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for the first-ever Kapatiran Wise-TAV (KWT) in the construction industry.
DOLE regional director Raymundo Agravante said this is another milestone to intensify their zero accident campaign in the construction industry.
The "KWT-Para sa Mas Ligtas, Malusog, at Produktibong Manggagawa" is a flagship public-partnership program of the DOLE anchored on the International Labor Organization's (ILOs) Work Improvement in Small Enterprises (WISE) program.
The KWT-signed partnership between the DOLE and MDC covers specifically the latter's on-going Anvaya Cove Project in Morong, Bataan.
The KWT program encourages large companies, coined "big brothers" like the MDC, which engage in third-party contracting or sub-contracting work arrangements, to coach or mentor their contractors or subcontractors, the "small brothers," to become fully compliant with general labor standards (GLS) and occupational safety and health (OSH) standards, as well as with other labor laws, and registration to social benefits schemes such as the Social Security System (SSS), Pag-Ibig, and PhilHealth.
MDC's subcontractors include Energy Factors Inc., MRS Wood Industries, Rencor (MIT-AIR), Aust-Phils, E-Contech Construction Corporation, Powerteam Builders Inc., Pacific Summit Construction Group Inc, Modulplus, KP Eco, Multiline, and Systech.
In 2012, the DOLE has enrolled 77 big brother and 402 small brother companies under the KWT program covering 98,211 workers all over the country, with six companies located in Central Luzon.