As directed by Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz last month, the DOLE’s Occupational Safety and Health Center has started training local government units, particularly their building offiicials, on construction safety.

 

“We have started the Construction Safety Training for LGU officials in partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Networks,” Executive Director Cucueco said.

 

The Construction Safety Training is a 40-hour mandatory training for all safety officers in the construction industry, required by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards and D.O. No. 13.

 

This requirement is reinforced by the Memorandum of Agreement-Joint Administrative Order, known as MOA-JAO on Construction Safety signed by the DOLE, Professional Regulation Commission, and the Departments of Public Works and Highways, Interior and Local Government, and Trade and Industry (Construction Manpower Development Foundation, Philippine Contractors Accreditation Board) in 2011.

 

Under the MOA-JAO, authorized managing officers (AMOs) are also required to complete the CST before they can be issued a contractor’s license.

 

Cucueco said the accomplishments of signatory agencies under the MOA-JAO were reported during the LGU Summit the OSHC organized and conducted on 18 February this year.

 

“One of the key agreements arrived at the Summit was for local government units to send their people, building officials and engineers especially, to attend the Construction Safety Training,” she said.

 

Baldoz commended the OSHC for its move to fast-track implementation of her directive. “The economy is moving at a fast clip. It is summer, and construction activities are heating up. We need a sufficient number of trained safety officers that the construction industry needs, hence, this Construction Safety Training is timely,” she said.

 

The first training was in Region 7, in Cebu from 16 to 20 March, where 35 out of 48 local government offices sent their representatives, and in Dumaguete from 23 to 27 March, where 14 local government offices were represented.

 

According to Executive Director Cucueco, the next Construction Safety Training will be for LGU officials of the National Capital Region and Regions III and IV-A, on 13-17 April at the OSHC main office in Quezon City.

 

“We will continue to conduct the Construction Safety Training for LGUs all over the country and involve them in our efforts to curb the rise of accidents in the construction industry. We have even asked representatives from the LGUs to join us in our Safety Patrol Project.”

 

Any question on this release? Please contact Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco, MD, CESO III, executive director, Occupational Safety and Health Center, North Avenue corner Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City with telephone numbers 929-6036 to 39 and e-mail address: oshc_dole@yahoo.com, oshcenter@dole.gov.ph

 

END/DJ ROMERO

 

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