DOLE intensifies campaign for workers’ safety, health
posted 7-Apr-2019  ·  
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Legazpi City – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office V thru its Occupational Safety Health Center (OSHC) Bicol and provincial field offices (PFOs) has intensified its campaign on the occupational safety and health of the Bicolano workers.

Following the issuance of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the implementation of Republic Act No. 11058 also known as the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) law, a massive information campaign has been conducted during OSH trainings, labor-management fora, labor education services, to name a few here in Bicol region.

A public information campaign on said law was held last March 14, 2019 in Casablanca Hotel, Legazpi City with the biggest number of participants comprised of more than 300 private employers and workers from various industries in the region, and some government personnel in the public health sector.

Regional Director Atty. Alvin M. Villamor said the activity aims to promote compliance with the DOLE Department Order No. 198 (New OSH Law), raise awareness on DOLE OSH programs and services and encourage participation to the 11th Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK).

“We include this campaign in the conduct of DOLE trainings, seminars and other activities with the participation of employers and workers, to increase the compliance in OSH standards, and to establish safety culture in the workplace, as our part of our commitment for the protection of the rights of workers and employers as well,” Villamor mentioned.

Villamor is confident that compliance of this order will be observed by private establishments in the region.

Engr. Roberto Aranasa, Supervising LEO discussed the salient features of D.O. 198-18 like Duties and Rights of Employers, Workers and Other Persons, OSH Programs of all covered workplaces, Composition of OSH Committee, Requirements on OSH personnel and facilities, OSH Administrative Reportorial Requirement, Workers’ Welfare Facilities, Joint and Solidarity Liability of Employers and Contractors/Subcontractors, Incentives to Employers and Workers, and Prohibited Acts and its Corresponding Penalties.

Aranas also gave emphasis on the details of Section 29 of the said order which states that “…any willful failure or refusal of an employer, contractor or subcontractor to comply with the OSH standards shall be penalized accordingly…”

Failure or refusal of an employer, contractor, or subcontractor to comply will be meted a fine, ranging from P20,000 to P50,000 depending on the administrative violation committed.

In addition, “an employer, contractor or subcontractor who is found to have repeatedly violated the same prohibited act shall be penalized with the corresponding fine plus an additional fine equivalent to 50 percent thereof for every instance of repeat violation.”

Moreover, “if any of the following acts is present and there is noncompliance, the penalty of P100,000 administrative fine shall be imposed separate and in addition to the daily administrative fine imposed.”

The DOLE also stated that when the violation exposes the worker to death, serious injury or illness, the imposable penalty will be P100,000.

Meanwhile, DOLE Catanduanes Provincial Field Office has conducted a dialogue- forum with the contractors in the construction industry in the province in February at Kemji Resort and Restaurant.

The Construction Industry has been given immediate attention due to the rising cares of work-related accidents attributed by the relative increase on construction projects funded by the government thru the Build, Build, Build, Program.

Invited as panel to the dialogue were TESDA Provincial Director, Ponciano Catipon and DPWH Catanduanes District Engr. Gil Augustus Balmadrid. OIC-PFO Russell Ulysses I. Nieves of DOLE imparted the salient provisions of the R.A 11058, giving emphasis on the imposition of stiffer penalties. Stakeholders present during the forum agreed to comply with the new set of standards.

Similarly, twenty-nine (29) newly-licensed safety officers have successfully completed the 40-hour Construction Safety and Health Training facilitated by DOLE-Catanduanes Provincial Field Office in collaboration with the DOLE and PRC accredited safety practitioner Salus Consultancy Services on February 28-March 3, 2019 at Villa Toledo Tourist Inn.

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