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DOLE educates stakeholders on IRR of RA 11058

City of Tacloban – The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. 8, headed by Director Yahya A. Centi, conducted an orientation on Department Order 198-19 or the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the new Republic Act No. 11058 last February 7, 2019 at Patio Victoria, San Jose, Tacloban City.

The activity was well-attended by almost 300 participants representing different industries such as construction, hotels, wholesale & retail, and manufacturing, among others. Also present during the orientation were the heads of the DOLE Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC), Occupational Safety and Health Network (OSHNET) and other partners in the government sector.

Director Yahya A. Centi gladly welcomed all the participants to the orientation. He thanked everyone for the overwhelming response to DOLE’s invitations especially when there are new issuances that concern private sector.

“I am just overwhelmed by how you respond today to this important activity. I am happy to know that you are all responsible enough to come and be informed of the new implementing rules of the new OSH Law, RA 11058. For me, this means that you are all ready to comply with our standards on safety and health”, said Centi.

Mr. Nicanor V. Bon from the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) discussed thoroughly the salient features of the department order particularly on Section 29 which details the corresponding penalties for any willful failure or refusal by the employers or contractors/subcontractors to comply with any of the OSH standards including the registration of establishment to DOLE.

An open forum, moderated by Engr. Maria Elena L. Diez, Occupational Safety & Health Coordinator in Eastern Visayas, was held right after the discussion to ensure that participants were given clarity on the new DO.

Participants expressed their appreciation on the issuance of the guidelines, however, a concern on projects undertaken by the government floated during the forum as the said law on safety and health only covers those in the private sector. Mr. Bon said it is something beyond the jurisdiction of the department but agreed that the same matter must be looked into in ensuring safer and healthier workplace in all employing entities.

Another common question raised during the forum was on the identification as to which guidelines will prevail considering some establishments particularly on the power industry are also guided by the guidelines of Department of Energy. The good resource speaker answered by saying that in any case, the later law shall prevail.

“The guidelines of DOE is a different one but in principle, the later law will prevail. We will take note of your concerns so we can do some actions to harmonize this new order with the existing laws of other government agencies,” said Mr. Bon.

Atty. Cecilio I. Baleña, OIC-Assistant Regional Director, delivered the closing remarks and urged everyone to be extra cautious since there is already an enhanced law on occupational safety and health. He said that there will be no problem if employers will just comply.

“We at DOLE are doing our part for the good of our employees. With this new law and its rules, we are hoping that you will also do your part for your employees,” Atty. Baleña said.

RA 11058 or the “Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties Thereof” was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 17, 2018. 

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