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DOLE’s webinar helps business communities in OccMin adjusting to new normal, informs EC Benefits

SAN JOSE, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO - Following the first webinar on 18 August 2020 on DTI-DOLE Supplemental Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 and Mental Health Care, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA through its Occidental Mindoro Provincial Office conducted last 22 September 2020 the second wave of webinar series on the topic “Adjusting Business Operations to the New Normal through Productivity” and “Work-related Contingencies and Benefits under the EC Program” with 49 participants from the different industries in the province.

Romeo E. Opis, board secretary of Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (RTWPB) MIMAROPA facilitated the first topic: Adjusting Business Operations to the New Normal through Productivity, wherein small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can adapt to sustain their operations amid crisis.

He also presented the benefit of digital transformation in terms of marketing as well as the efficient management of inputs in producing quality outputs as the key to productivity.

“Working together with other entrepreneurs may be a vital component of business resilience during this difficult period and the need for collaboration is effective to SMEs in terms of reducing cost, selling, learning, buying, marketing products and services, and innovating,” Board Secretary Opis said.

Meanwhile, Ruby Ann J. Fajardo, regional information officer of Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) CALABARZON and MIMAROPA, discussed the compensable diseases caused by work or working environment both in public and private sectors including the clarifications on the elements for such injuries be considered as compensable.

She further discussed the importance of the EC logbook, the availment process, and the prescriptive period of filing claims were also presented. 

DOLE OccMin Provincial Director Bernardo B. Toriano on his message, “As we emerge from community quarantines, the business world will need to strike the optimal balance between adhering to government guidelines, respecting the desires of their workforce and delivering on their own goals. With the technology shift, we are also seeing a shift in values as the crisis forces people to re-assess what’s important to them both in their personal and work life. If we look back at what our life was like before COVID-19 and compare that with our experience today, we can start to re-inhabit our possible new lives and new selves”.

Joining DOLE OccMin’s webinar, DOLE MIMAROPA OIC Regional Director Albert E. Gutib said, “…the best way to adjust to the new normal is to follow the health protocols indicated in the DTI-DOLE Supplemental Guidelines in Prevention of COVID-19 in the Workplace. We also encourage everyone, as practicable, to adapt alternative work arrangements and flexible work arrangements to preserve employment. If we can start with just one or two good new actions or behavior, we can each build these into positive habits. These can help to make us more adaptable and resilient.”

The webinar aimed to guide and enable workers, business communities, and other private stakeholders to better navigate the challenges in a new and better normal and to provide all the participants with knowledge on the benefits and services under the EC Program yielding the appreciation and importance of social welfare benefits.

 

End/Gener L. Francisco

 

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2020-09-23
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