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DOLE OrMin assists Establishments on Occupational Health and Safety Compliance


CALAPAN CITY, ORIENTAL MINDORO – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Oriental Mindoro Field Office (OrMin FO) conducted a virtual orientation on 30 July 2020 to thirty-one participants from twenty-six establishments relative to the implementation of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and DOLE Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID 19 to ensure compliance with the minimum health protocols and standards.

 The orientation is in response to the result of the joint monitoring effort of the said government agencies which showed low compliance with the said guidelines and the basic requirements of occupational safety and health standards (OSHS). Non-designation of safety officer was noted to be the common violation which is a basic requirement to be complied with by the private establishments and companies.

 DOLE OrMin FO Provincial Director Roderick F. Tamacay presented and explained to the participants the rationale of the activity and reminded them to religiously comply with their respective violations to enable them to contribute to the government’s effort to mitigate and address the spread of coronavirus disease in the country.

 Representing the OIC-Regional Director Albert E. Gutib, Assistant Regional Director Erwin N. Aquino welcomed the participants as he said, “With the noted non-compliance with some of the basic requirements in the Labor Code and other social legislations, we are here to help you with reasonable time to comply.”

 “Do not be afraid, we are your partner, we are not your adversary... we need to help each other especially this pandemic,” added ARD Aquino.

 The orientation was facilitated by the DOLE OrMin FO staff  which focused on the following DOLE guidelines: 1) Department Order No. 198 series of 2018 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11058 entitled An Act Strengthening compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Standards and providing penalties for violations thereof; 2) DTI and DOLE Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19; and 3) Labor Advisory No. 17 series of 2020 or the Guidelines on Employment Preservation upon the Resumption of Business Operation.

 As the battle against COVID-19 keeps on, DOLE MIMAROPA will continuously explore more developmental approaches to uphold to its mandate especially in ensuring safety and health at the workplaces.

 End/Ma. Lesly I. Romero


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