General Santos City – The Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) held today a public information campaign for its Vision 1 Million: Be an OSH Champion and Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan  (GKK) at the Family Country Hotel & Convention Center, this city.

DOLE 12 Regional Director Sisinio B. Cano welcomed the participants and thanked the OSHC for its advocacy campaign in the region.

“I would like to encourage the participants to share to their respective workplaces what was learned in this info campaign in order to reach more safety and health advocates so that the safety and health programs in your workplaces will be further strengthened.”

Diana Romero, information officer, from the Training and Public Information Division of the OSHC discussed briefly the top noted OSH violations that includes non- registration of establishments with DOLE, inadequacy of first-aiders, non-submission of work accident report, no policy on OSH programs, no safety and health organization and work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Romero also disclosed a nationwide compliance rate of 75.21 percent on OSH in 2018, which the DOLE and OSHC aim to increase through its Vision 1 Million: Be an OSH Champion program.  She added that the program stems from the goal of the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 to ensure safety and health in Philippine workplaces.

Meanwhile, the search for Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK), a national award given by DOLE in recognition of the outstanding achievements of establishments and individuals in responding to the safety and health needs of workplaces, and community is now up for nominations.

Engr. Concepcion Sto. Tomas, chief of the Safety Control Division of OSHC, presented the criteria and requirements on how to join in the search. For those who are interested, nomination forms may be downloaded from the OSHC website– and deadline for submission of intent to join is on 31 March 2019.

The info campaign also included an orientation on DOLE D.O. 198-18 – the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 11058 or “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof”.

Jemeia Mae De-Eyoy of DOLE 12 emphasized the provisions of the new law on the duties of both workers and employees, the rights of workers and penalties for violations of the OSHS.

Under the law, companies or employers who violate the OSH Standards may soon be fined a P100,000 per day of non-compliance to the OSHS. The fines collected will be used for the conduct of OSH trainings, education and other programs.

The public information campaign was attended by more than 400 participants coming from the different provinces and cities in the region.  END