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DOLE, DTI strengthen compliance on Interim Guidelines in Romblon

ODIONGAN, ROMBLON – Relative to strengthening private establishments’ compliance on the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Interim Guidelines including the Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19, a meeting was held at DOLE Romblon Field Office (FO) on September 9, 2020.

Per Memorandum 149 series of 2020 of Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council MIMAROPA, DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib, instructed all field offices to coordinate with the Local Government Units and the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) as chair of the Regional Task Force against COVID-19 for possible joint monitoring with DTI and DOLE covering private establishments in the province.

“Perhaps these additional partners from the government will help the department in realizing its main goal of assisting the establishments in complying with their gaps to conform with the guidelines,” said Director Gutib.

Provincial Director Carlo B. Villaflores of DOLE Romblon FO led the meeting with the partner agencies in the province as he said, “Let us ensure that with this joint monitoring, private establishments will implement full compliance with the prescribed minimum health protocols in the prevention and control of COVID – 19 in their respective workplaces.

To learn about their responsibilities, OCD and LGU Odiongan were oriented on their roles including the safety and health protocols and standards being checked by the department during the monitoring.

The interim guidelines aim to assist the private establishments in developing and implementing minimum health protocols and standards in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moreover, the supplemental guidelines under Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2020-04-A series of 2020, feature 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.

Additionally, as to the management of asymptomatic and symptomatic employees in the workplace, the following standards shall be implemented: (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.

End/Sarah Jane B. Ferranco


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