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Virtual seminar on DOLE, DTI supplemental guidelines in Marinduque

BOAC, MARINDUQUE - The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through its Marinduque Field Office conducted virtual seminar on the DOLE and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 with 90 participants from 64 public and private establishments last 10 September 2020.

The virtual seminar was conducted to discuss and disseminate the new set of guidelines concerning the observance and compliance of the minimum health and safety protocols at the workplaces as the operations continue amidst the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his opening remarks, Marinduque Provincial Director (PD) Peter James D. Cortazar emphasized the guidelines issued for the safety protocols of the public and private sectors as they continue the operations of their businesses.

“This activity is essential in achieving rational development towards the intent of the national programs. Please take note that our approach in monitoring is developmental. What we ask to our establishments especially to the owners is your cooperation and compliances to our recommendations based on their [inspectors] findings,” PD Cortazar said. 

Meanwhile, DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Director Albert E. Gutib joined the webinar as he delivered his keynote message, “This is a continuing capacity building of the DOLE for our stakeholders in the region to enable us to provide timely and relevant information to the business sectors amidst this pandemic. What we wanted to be the result of issuing these supplemental guidelines is the sustainability of the business operations as it was designed to intensify our campaign against COVID-19.”

During the webinar proper, Dr. Felix F. Labanda Jr., Medical Officer III of Bureau of Working Conditions dynamically presented the supplemental guidelines under Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2020-04-A series of 2020, featuring the following necessary workplace safety and health programs to the private and public sectors’ employees: (1) Increase Physical and Mental Resilience; (2) Reducing Transmission of COVID-19; (3) Reduce Contact; (4) Reduce duration of infection.

Likewise, he discussed the following Management of Asymptomatic and Symptomatic Employees: (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.

Above all, the participants were reminded to continuously follow the additional health and safety protocols for their own good especially the employees including their clients.

 

End/ Maria Cielo O. Orilla

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