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DOLE, DTI go for technical assistance on safety, health measures

CALAPAN CITY, ORIENTAL MINDORO – In ensuring the health and safety of workers in the formal economy particularly against COVID 19 transmission, and as recommended by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), an Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control was issued by the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Trade and Industry as measures to ensure health and safety standards and protocols are in place at the workplaces.

Specifically, the purpose of these guidelines is to assist employers and industries that are allowed to resume their business operations while under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) and General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to develop their minimum health protocols and policies.

Also, it shall enable the establishments to increase physical and mental resilience, to kick off and to recover from temporary closures during lockdown.

DOLE MIMAROPA Regional Director Albert E. Gutib emphasized that: “Establishments should not worry as we’ll not penalize them but instead, we’ll provide technical assistance to ensure that all health and safety protocols are substantially complied”.

Last 05 June 2020, the team started its monitoring visit at the various establishments in MIMAROPA Region. Using the prescribed checklist, DTI and DOLE technical personnel assessed compliance on health and safety protocols and standards at the workplaces to prevent the widespread of the virus. As of to date, a total of 134 establishments were monitored.

During the joint visit, the top ten observations on non-compliance are the following: (1) Monthly report using the DOLE-WAIR COVID Form submitted to DOLE Regional Office ; (2) Daily accomplishment of Health Symptoms Questionnaire ; (3) Accomplished Health Symptoms Questionnaire submitted to HR/Clinic personnel; (4) Company Safety and Health Program in compliance to DTI-DOLE Interim Guidelines formulated; (5) Signages for "one way direction" in walkways established; (6) Directional signages posted for one-way out in walkways, elevators and on stairs; (7) Temperature check for both workers and visitors; (8) Company Commitment to comply with OSH requirements and Updated OSH Program to include Covid Control Plan/Program; (9) Signages on COVID Safety Measures posted in the premises; (10) Designation of Safety officers to ensure physical distancing and observance of minimum health protocols.

Establishments pledged to comply with the noted deficiencies within the given remediation period in the implementation of the interim guidelines relative to health protocols and standards at the work premises.

Nevertheless, all noted findings shall be forwarded to the IATF for their appropriate action.

Director Gutib added that these Government efforts should not be considered as burden by the establishments as these could help their enterprise operations free from harmful effects of COVID-19. The best way forward is the blended comprehensive approach from the government and the community.

For employers who are seeking further assistance, DOLE and DTI Field and Provincial offices are always open to serve. However, virtual communication is encouraged for the technical personnel in providing the appropriate assistance to lessen face-to-face contact with clients and customers.


End/Gener L. Francisco

 

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2020-06-25
ALBERT E. GUTIB

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