Guidelines in the Application of the Workplace Component of RA 8504 (Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998) ( DOLE Memorandum Circular No. 002-00 )

June 19, 2000

June 19, 2000


All Regional Directors
Guidelines in the Application of the Workplace Component of Republic Act No. 8504 Otherwise Known as the "Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998" and its Implementing Rules and Regulations


In the interest of protecting the welfare of workers from the health, psychosocial and economic implications of HIV and AIDS problem and to institutionalize the HIV and AIDS Workplace Program as part of the regular inspection activity, the following guidelines are hereby prescribed:

SECTION 1. Scope. —

These guidelines shall be observed by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) labor inspectorate in monitoring, assessing and enforcing compliance to Republic Act No. 8504, otherwise known as the "Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998", and its Implementing Rules and Regulations.

SECTION 2. Objectives. —

In order to implement the above mandate, the following objectives are given:

a) To generate information/data on the number of establishments which have a Workplace HIV and AIDS Education Program.

b) To develop a monitoring and assessment component in the implementation of the law in the form of inspection monitoring reports.

c) To recommend the conduct of HIV and AIDS education in the companies for program efficiency and effectiveness.

SECTION 3. Definition of Terms. —

The following terms as used in these guidelines and in the field shall have the meanings as stated:

1. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) — a condition characterized by a combination of signs and symptoms caused by HIV contracted from another which attacks and weakens the body's immune system making the afflicted individual susceptible to other life-threatening infections.

2. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) — the virus which causes AIDS.

3. HIV and AIDS Education — the provision of information on the causes, prevention and consequences of HIV and AIDS and activities designed to assist individuals to develop the confidence and skills needed to avoid HIV and AIDS transmission and to develop more positive attitude toward people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA).

4. Workplaces — refer to the offices, premises or worksites where a worker is temporarily or permanently assigned. Where there is no fixed or definite workplace, the term shall include the place where the worker actually performs regular work or where he regularly reports to render service or to take an assignment.

SECTION 4. Responsibility of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

Pursuant to Section 15 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of R.A. No. 8504, monitoring and assessment of workplace HIV and AIDS education in the private sector shall be the responsibility of DOLE in collaboration with the Department of Health (DOH).

a) The DOLE agencies involved shall be the Inter-Agency Committee on STD/HIV and AIDS as may be constituted by the Secretary of Labor as well as the DOLE Regional Offices.

b) The Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), through the labor inspectorate of the DOLE Regional Offices, shall be responsible for monitoring and evaluating compliance based on the findings of labor inspectors.

SECTION 5. Functions of the Regional Offices. —

The DOLE Regional Offices shall be tasked with the following functions:

a) Enforce compliance with the requirements for HIV and AIDS Education Program to be instituted by all establishments;

b) Shall serve as the focal centers in their areas of jurisdiction in providing basic information on the salient features of R.A. No. 8504 as it applies to workplaces.

SECTION 6. Duties of Labor Inspectors. —

Labor inspectors who have undergone the Appreciation Course on HIV and AIDS and R.A. No. 8504 or the Peer Educator and Counselor Training Course on HIV and AIDS shall be tasked with the following responsibilities:

a) To include in the conduct of inspection compliance of employers to the requirements of providing HIV and AIDS Education in the workplace.

b) To document the findings in IF-6 (attached as Annexure "A") which shall be correspondingly submitted together with Inspection Form No. 3 to BWC.

c) To act as resource persons whenever necessary in the dissemination of HIV and AIDS program in the workplace.

SECTION 7. Effectivity. —

This issuance shall serve as policy and procedural guidelines in the application of the workplace component of R.A. 8504 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations and shall be for the information and guidance of all concerned.

June 19, 2000.



Supplemental Inspection Republic of the Philippines Regional Address
Report Form (IF No. 6) Department of Labor and Office No.  


Accomplish this form in two (2) copies for each workplace visited. The original copy shall be submitted to the Bureau of Working Conditions together with the Inspection Form (IF No. 3) and the second copy shall be kept in the Regional Office file.

Name of Establishment: Nature of Business: _____________________________

HIV and AIDS Program in the Workplace

Please check the appropriate box:

1. HIV and AIDS Education in the Workplace

[ ] No to HIV and AIDS education and information program for the workers

[ ] No IEC materials, brochures, booklets on HIV and AIDS

2. Testing, Screening and Counseling

[ ] No written, informed consent obtained prior to HIV testing of worker

[ ] HIV testing imposed as a precondition for employment

[ ] HIV testing imposed as a precondition for medical service or any kind of service

3. Medical Confidentiality

[ ] No protocols or policies adopted by the company to safeguard confidentiality of records who underwent or was diagnosed to have HIV

4. Discriminatory Acts and Policies

[ ] Termination from work on the basis of actual, perceived or suspected HIV status of worker

[ ] Acts of discrimination against an individual seeking employment due to suspected or perceived HIV status

[ ] Acts of discrimination on the promotion or assignment of worker on the basis of perceived or suspected HIV status

5. Other Remarks: