Department of Labor and Employment
19 June 2019
PH ratifies int’l framework on work safety and health
The Philippines has submitted to the International Labor Organization (ILO) a document signifying its ratification of Convention No. 187, a framework designed to promote a “preventive safety and health culture” at the national level.
In ceremonies Monday in Geneva, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III presented the Philippine Ratification Instrument of the Convention 187 on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) to ILO Director General Guy Ryder on the sidelights of the 108th session of the International Labour Conference.
“The main purpose of this ratified instrument is to ensure that priority is given to develop national strategies for the improvement of OSH policies based on a preventative safety and health culture, and to promote the right of Filipino workers to a safe and healthy working environment,” Bello said.
Adopting the framework for OSH promotion, Bello committed to create a strong and integrated network of OSH action in the country through strong collaboration among tripartite partners for effective and coherent actions at all levels.
Also, the Philippine government is bound to strategically formulate, implement, monitor, and evaluate existing OSH policies and programs to further guarantee the safety and health of Filipino workers across industries.
Before ratifying the said convention, the Philippine government has been advocating for safe and healthy working conditions for Filipino workers by providing them full protection against all hazards in their working environment.
In 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the RA 11058 or the “An Act Strengthening Compliance with OSH Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof” that penalize violators of the OSH Law.
Also, safety seminars and training to workers are conducted in all workplaces nationwide to further sustain a preventative occupational safety and health culture which results to enhanced productivity at work.
“As a healthy and safe workforce is the country’s valuable resource, we must take on the leverage of championing zero-accident accomplishments in order to raise the bar not just on work safety and health, but more importantly, in our duty to promote social accountability towards the advancement of our society in the local and international scene,” Bello said,
To date, Philippines is the 49th country to ratify the international framework.