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DOLE’s Virtual Training in OcciMin highlights New Health Protocols


SAN JOSE, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA Region through its Occidental Mindoro (OccMin) Field Office in collaboration with the Occidental Mindoro State College (OMSC) Guidance and Testing Center has successfully conducted a virtual orientation on the DTI and DOLE Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 and Mental Health Care, Mental Self-Care and Self-Care to 44 participants from 30 Occupational Safety and Health Network (OSHNet) member establishments on 18 August 2020.

The purpose of the virtual orientation is to discuss the latest and most comprehensive set of guidelines in strengthening the observance of minimum health and safety protocols at the workplaces to a long-drawn battle to defeat Covid-19 and ensure the productivity of their workforce.

In his opening remarks, DOLE OccMin Provincial Director (PD) Bernardo B. Toriano appreciated the management and the workers' participation in the virtual orientation and said “We request everyone’s full cooperation right now as we stress the need to lower the transmission of COVID-19 in the workplace. Our constant reminder to our fellow citizens is also for their increased consciousness and awareness to strengthen the compliance of the workplace prevention protocols."

This supplemental guidelines under Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2020-04-A series of 2020, effective 15 August 2020, features the following necessary workplace safety and health programs at no cost to the employees: (1) Increase Physical and Mental Resilience; (2) Reducing Transmission of COVID-19; (3) Reduce Contact; (4) Reduce duration of infection.

Moreover, as to Management of Asymptomatic and Symptomatic Employees in the workplace, the following factors were presented: (1) Remote Management of Cases and Close Contacts; (2) Isolation and Referral; (3) Contract Tracing; (4) COVID-19 Testing including the priority areas which may undergo thereof.

To give emphasis on Mental Health Care including Self-Care as sudden shift to remote work and other alternative working arrangements has led to heightened stress and anxiety among employees, Madonna G. Ibay, a registered guidance counselor and director of the Guidance and Testing Center of OMSC was invited to discuss the said relevant topics.

 “Managers and even HR professionals can support their employees’ mental health by providing them with clear and transparent information about the organization’s plans to reduce their fear of the unknown that’s why setting a mental health program is very vital to an organization,” Ibay said as she further stressed that it is the role of the employers, leaders, and managers to provide the right type of support to their employees during this time of uncertainty.

At the end of virtual orientation, DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Albert Gutib reminded the establishments to seriously observe the minimum health protocols as he said “I encourage all employers to comply with the supplemental guidelines for health and safety to prevent serious occurrence of virus transmission.”

“We should follow the guidelines and protocols and strengthen ourselves… that is what we all need to take better care of ourselves,” Director Gutib added.

This virtual training on health and safety is one of the efforts of the department under the leadership of Director Gutib in providing technical assistance to private establishments in the region.        

End/Gener L Francisco


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