DoLE Cites Firms, Contractors Complying with Safety and Health Programs

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DoLE Cites Firms, Contractors Complying with Safety and Health Programs


MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) Sunday reported a surge in the number of companies and contractors implementing their own occupational safety and health (OSH) programs last year.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said in a statement that DoLE's Bureau of Working Conditions recorded 134 companies from seven industries, which were recognized for their Safety Milestone (SMILE) recognition programs.

The nationwide SMILE program aims to recognize companies and contractors, which have successfully complied with DoLE's OSH and prevented work accidents and injuries.

"The number of SMILE awardees in 2011 surpassed by 27.6 percent the total number of awardees in 2010, which reached only 105 establishments,' Baldoz said.

Meanwhile, DoLE also posted a 14.5 percent increase in the number of recognized contractors after it rose from 373 in 2010 to 427 last year.

Labor Undersecretary Lourdes Transmonte, who heads DoLE's Workers Welfare and Protection cluster, welcomed this development since it led to more savings for compliant companies and contractors.

"The implementation of safety and health programs and activities are not just about costs but investments to sustain the business amid industry challenges. OSH compliant companies become more competitive, productive, and stable," Transmonte said.

Last year, DoLE was able to record 118 million hours of safe work hours, resulting to an estimated P16 million that contributed to the preservation of about 41,000 workers.

Meanwhile, almost half of the establishments, which provide Pre-Departure Orientation Seminar (PDOS) to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), have no qualified trainers, a government labor study showed.

Institute for Labor Studies (ILS) senior employment officer Iza Anchustegui said in her research paper that only about 55 percent of the assessed PDOS providers have qualified trainers.

The research, which evaluated the implementation of PDOS in the country, included 54 accredited PDOS providers.

PDOS is a comprehensive education module given to OFWs to orient them in the regulation in their des-tination countries and their rights and responsibilities as migrant workers. …

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