Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz commended the Philippine Employer-Labor Social Partners, Inc., (PELSPI) through its President, former Senator Wigberto E. Tañada, for bringing together key players in the labor and employment sector to discuss occupational safety and health (OSH) remediation and upgrading program.
“We take note of the PELSPI’s efforts in gathering ideas for the promotion of occupational safety and health through its initiated forum which was participated in by government agencies, business industry, and the academe. We are one with your goal, and we see your inputs as integral to the continuing progress and proactive strides of OSH standard implementation,” Baldoz said.
The forum hosted by PELSPI, together with Philippine plastics Industry Association and the UP School of Labor and Industrial Relations (UP-SOLAIR), tackled latest executive and legislative initiatives related to the ‘Kentex accident,’ practical approaches in instituting zero-accident OSH systems, and integrated program of OSH compliance, productivity, and sustainability. Atty. Catherine Legado-Parado, Bureau of Working Conditions Director, and Dr. Ma. Teresita Cucueco, Occupational Safety and Health Center Executive Director respectively, discussed these topics at the Forum.
On the business front, two establishments—Plastimer Industrial Corporation and RI Chem Industries—shared their best practices on OSH compliance.
Meanwhile, UP SOLAIR OIC Dean Ronahlee Asuncion said in her presentation that the task of OSH compliance, remediation, and upgrading saves businesses and jobs; that it is a joint responsibility of the business and the union/workers, and it must be treated as an investment to achieve higher productivity, reduce cost, and foster greater employer-employee cooperation.
“We thank the Philippine Plastics Industry Association and the PELSPI for assuring its full cooperation with the DOLE and other government agencies in carrying out its OSH Remediation and Upgrading Program. The DOLE, backed by its regional offices, bureaus, attached agencies, and service offices, is ready to provide you technical assistance,” Baldoz assured.
Baldoz also added that the DOLE has just established an agreement with the Department of Local Government (DILG) on jointly assessing fire safety and protection requirements in all workplaces to bring forth a more serious and sustained compliance of business establishments on industry regulations.
Baldoz issued Memorandum No. 0615-26 to all Regional Directors to take the lead in ensuring that business establishments rigorously comply with DOLE’s reinforced assessment of fire safety compliance of establishments. The DOLE and the DILG, through the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), have been mandated to closely coordinate to ensure an enhanced field implementation of the strict compliance measures
“We need to join hands and synchronize our occupational safety and health standards programs. The Philippine Employer-Labor Social Partners, Inc. Philippine Plastics Industry Association, and the UP School of Labor and Industrial Relations, are welcome partners in our crusade for safe and productive workplace,” Baldoz said.