To streamline Construction Safety and Health Program (CSHP) applications with the labor department, Secretary Silvestre Bello III ordered DOLE Field Office Directors to facilitate the processing and approval for small construction projects within their jurisdiction.
In Administrative Order No. 24, Series of 2018, CSHP applications for construction projects which are two storey and below, such as residential houses and garages, or any similar projects with 15 workers and less will be facilitated by the DOLE Field Offices.
Also included are CSHP applications for construction projects which do not exceed an estimated cost of P3 million in value; and those which involve minor works or repair works such as, but not limited to, painting, patching, installation of roofs, windows, fences, renovation/remodelling (interior/exterior), and any related or similar activities.
However, Secretary Bello clarified that the order “shall not apply to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) projects and any government construction or infrastructure projects.”
In the same administrative order, the simplified CSHP template and application form for small construction projects was provided for reference and perusal of the contractor or the project owner.
In case of untoward incidents which may occur within the project duration, the pertinent provisions of Department Order No. 183-17, or the Revised Rules on the Administration and Enforcement of Labor Laws, and/or other applicable laws shall apply.
For monitoring and reporting purposes, the DOLE Regional Director, through the program focal person, shall be responsible for reporting the number and status of processed CSHPs in adherence to the five-day prescribed process cycle time.
This report shall form part of the monthly submission of CSHP Report to the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC).
The administrative order is pursuant to Administrative Order No. 152, Series of 2011, which decentralizes the evaluation and approval of the CSHP from the BWC to the DOLE Regional Offices.