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DOLE RO VIII trains SAMELCO II workers on OSH

Tacloban City – The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. VIII through its Samar Field Office conducted a capacity-building activity for one hundred seventy-nine employees of Samar Electric Cooperative II (SAMELCO II) last July 25-26, 2019 at SAMELCO II, Catbalogan City.

Under the Workers’ Organization Development Program (WODP) of the agency, the participants availed of an 8-hour mandatory training on Safety and Health. Engr. Aleksei Ceasar D. Abellar, Senior Labor and Employment Officer and Officer-in-Charge of DOLE-SFO, discussed about the Introduction to Occupational Safety & Health and Department Order 198 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 11058 entitled “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties Thereof”.

Other important topics such as General Concept on OSH, Basic Safety Rules and Measurements for Workplace Hazards, Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and Control and Defensive Driving were presented by Mr. Dominador B. Balagon, Jr., OSH Practitioner.

Participants were participative during the training and shared their real experiences on electrical works-related accidents. Ms. Olivia D. Cabaliza, Finance Manager and Officer-in-Charge of SAMELCO II, expressed her gratitude to DOLE for initiating and funding the activity. 

“In behalf of SAMELCO II, I would like to thank DOLE for this training. I am so glad to share to you that we are the first to have undergone this kind of training among the power distribution cooperatives in Region VIII”, said Ms. Cabaliza.

Ms. Cabaliza likewise committed that SAMELCO II will comply with all the safety rules and regulations. She said “We will do our best to implement and adhere to all the mandated safety and health standards”.

On the second day, Ms. Maria Chulla B. Corpuz, Labor and Employment Officer I of DOLE-SFO, gave the SAMELCO II workers an orientation on Strengthening the Family Welfare Program in the Workplace. Participants were pleased to note that they can benefit from the said program.

Ms. Marilou C. Agbon, Human Resource Officer, happily informed that the Multi-Purpose Clinic of SAMELCO II is already being constructed and is intended to cater to the emergency medical needs of its workers and other concerns of women. She likewise mentioned that they plan to negotiate with the management for incentives to be awarded to workers who will practice family planning. End/Norma Rae S. Costimiano with reports from Engr. Aleksei D. Abellar

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2019-08-13
YAHYA A. CENTI
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