OSHC, DOLE ensure safety of workers in the workplace

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

 

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Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Center and DOLE discussing the importance of occupational safety and health standards in workplaces during the Kapihan Forum in Dumaguete City. (PIA7-NegOr)

The Occupation Safety and Health Center (OSHC) together with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded private institutions and government organizations to ensure the safety and health of their workers.

In a Kapihan sa PIA forum, OSHC, an attached agency of DOLE, has intensified awareness on workers’ safety and health especially in the construction industry or in hazardous occupations.

OSHC is mandated to protect Filipino workers against accidents and illnesses in their workplace and promote employees welfare.

Engr. Nelia Granadillos, OSHC division chief, presented the OSHC’s “Vision 1 Million” which aims to increase the number of OSH advocates in the country in order to prevent workplace accidents and diseases.

“We workers should always stay healthy and safe while at work,” Granadillos said.

According to Granadillos, workplace safety has its framework that starts with prevention which includes research, technical services, and training.

DOLE comes in for enforcement or the inspection of the workplace and updating the labor standards.

If accidents happen, compensation or benefits may be claimed from the Employees’ Compensation Commission (ECC), said Granadillos.

OSHC trains safety officers and safety practitioners, especially in industries considered hazardous in nature.

Representing the construction industry, Dr. Absalita Teves said that they are working on keeping their workers safe considering that construction work is a hazardous occupation.

She said the construction safety officers’ main duty is to ensure a safer construction site by prioritising the safety of construction workers.

On the other hand, DOLE Provincial Director Maritess Mercado said DOLE has been issuing work stoppage orders or the mandated halt of work of any unit, department or entire operation of an establishment when non-compliance with occupational safety and health standards poses imminent danger to the health and safety of the employees in the workplace.

OSHC offers various trainings on basic occupational health and safety, construction safety and health, drug-free workplace, and work environment measurements, among others.  (With reports from Gaven Sacedon, SU Intern)

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Slideshow: Media briefing with DOLE and ECC

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The Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), in partnership with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) – Negros Oriental, briefed members of Dumaguete media on the Employees Compensation Program (ECP) and other services offered by ECC.

The briefing was held on Jan. 15 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. The entire Infocen staff was there to cover the event.

ECC Deputy Executive Director Atty. Jonathan Villasotto explained that ECP is a government program designed to provide a compensation package to public and private employees or their dependents in the event of work-related sickness, injury or death.

Moreover, Atty. Villasotto explained that employees’ compensation is incident-based and is given to employees provided there is an established “employer-employee relationship” between them and their employers.

Aside from Atty. Villasotto, DOLE-Negros Oriental Sr. Labor and Employment Officer Kenrick Villaluz also delivered his remarks to members of the media.

The two officials asked help from the local media in promoting ECP in Negros Oriental.

In relation to this, ECP and DOLE conducted an ECP advocacy seminar intended for human resource officers, employers/owners and labor union representatives, coming from various private enterprises and government agencies to raise awareness about ECP.

The one-day free seminar is in line with the directive of Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III to cascade the ECP to the grassroots and to keep the public abreast of the social protection and safe work programs available to workers.

irst labor laws compliant marker in Dgte unveiled

By Jennifer Catan-Tilos

 

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DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz (r) in a press briefing on signing the commemorative labor compliance banner for SMB Negros Provinces. (PIA7-NegOr)

DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) — Labor Sec. Rosalinda Baldoz unveiled recently the first labor laws compliant establishment marker of San Miguel Brewery’s (SMB) Sales Office in the city.

Baldoz lauded SMB for a strong leadership that cooperates with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) along with its contractor or business partners complying with legal requirements for labor standards.

SMB’s Human Resource Management Officer Leo Rameses Amoyan said SMB takes pride to be socially responsible for its workers and act as big brother to its business partners by paying required minimum wage and benefits including facilitating discussion with SSS, Pag-Ibig, and PhilHealth.

Amoyan said the company also ventures into safety consciousness by providing safety training and capabilities to its contractors through DOLE- Occupational Safety and Health.

Its sales office or SMB’s plant has a total of 25 regular employees in sales, finance and logistics supplemented by 61 manpower complement from its nine contractors Jeff Marketing, JOEREN Mobile, Magic Disco Sound System, CARA/Enterprises/Carret Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Mil Oros Corporation, DVD Ref Shop, F&E Bacolod, Negros Marine Security Services Corporation and Perfect Clean General Services.

With DOLE’s labor laws compliance system implementation, Baldoz acknowledged San Miguel’s top management for requiring its contractors to be labor laws compliant.

The business partners of SMB provide outsourced services from hauling, security, janitorial, automobile, refrigeration, among others.

To date, the country has 372 Labor Laws Compliance Officers dispersed throughout the various regions conducting joint assessments and ensuring compliance with labor laws are in sync with DOLE’s  massive campaign in the promotion and protection of every Filipino worker’s welfare.

The labor chief also posed the challenge to existing Industry Tripartite Councils (TIPC) in the region to gear up in industrializing Joint Assessments, labor assessments, compliance processing until all its member-industries obtain their Certificate of Compliance.

She encouraged the business sector to emulate the SMB approach in view of the company’s vast coverage and voluminous number of contractors.

The signing of commitment towards continuous observance of the labor laws between SMB, its partners, and the government sealed the unveiling ceremonies. (rmn/jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was first published at PIA website on April 26, 2016)