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To ensure compliance, DOLE-RO I rolls out blitzkrieg campaign on OSH law

 

The Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I has rolled out its blitzkrieg campaign against work accidents and illnesses in the entire region. 

On February 26, a team from the DOLE-RO I’s Inspection Program conducted an orientation involving 69 establishments in La Union as part of a series of advocacy campaigns on DOLE Department Order No. 198, the rules implementing Republic Act No. 11058 or the Occupational Safety and Health law. 

There were clarifying questions from the participants, but most were commitments to comply with the new legislation. 

Linaflor Hizon of Standard Insurance Co., Inc. in San Fernando City has encouraged her co-employers to implement the law, saying: 

“We appreciate the efforts of the DOLE for enlightening us on OSH law. If we comply, it will all boil down to our benefit because compliance means no work accidents or illnesses.” 

Another participant from Basallo Construction also expressed support by urging the others to ensure that the rules are widely disseminated in their respective companies. 

“The positive responses we received from the first orientation is a good start for our thrust of making safety and health a way of life in workplaces in the region,” DOLE-RO I Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra said. 

The law, which was signed in August 2018, prescribes appropriate OSH programs for all establishments, projects and sites and all other places where work is being undertaken, and the employment of Safety Officers and Occupational Health personnel, depending on the employment size, nature of operations and risks involved. 

“While the law imposes stiff administrative fines, what we want instead is to capacitate our companies in the region to comply because surely, no one wants injuries or deaths in their own workplaces,” Director Lacambra said. 

Based on International Labor Organization (ILO) estimates, 2.2 million Filipino workers in medium and large enterprises enjoy effective occupational safety and health (OSH) protection and services. In other words, 17 of 18 persons in the nation’s workforce of 38.8 million do not benefit from acceptable working conditions. Studies substantiate that OSH conditions in micro-firms and the informal sector pose risks and hazards. END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez with report from TSSD

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2019-02-28
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