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DOLE, DTI to monitor private firms in Eastern Visayas

Tacloban City – The Department of Labor and Employment together with the Department of Trade and Industry in Eastern Visayas Region will conduct monitoring of private establishment which are now allowed to operate during the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

With the issuance of the DTI-DOLE Interim Guidleines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 last 30 April 2020, which shall apply to all workplaces, employers and workers in the private sector, the Senior Officials of DOLE RO VIII and DTI RO VIII conducted a joint virtual meeting last 06 June 2020 to discuss its implementation in the region.

DOLE RO VIII Director Yahya A. Centi and DTI RO VIII Director Celerina Bato gave their opening remarks. Immediately after the preliminaries, Ms. Portia Calleja of DTI presented and tackled the different sections of the guidelines.

The said guidelines are issued to assist private institutions in developing the minimum health protocols and standards in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These  safety and health standards shall be implemented in private workplaces aligned with the minimum health standards of the Department of Health anchored on the following: (a) increasing physical and mental resilience; (b) reducing transmission of COVID-19; (c) minimizing contact rate; and (d) reducing risk of infection from COVID-19.

Director Centi emphasized during the joint meeting that the role of the DOLE and DTI is merely assistorial rather than enforcement. He said that all efforts must be exhausted in order to provide the monitored establishments with the technical assistance they need.

“It is clearly stipulated in the guidelines that our role is assistorial. I’m now making it clear that DOLE and DTI will not use the term inspection but rather monitoring. We will exhaust every opportunity to help these establishments through our technical assistance or services”, said Centi.

A virtual orientation will be conducted on June 10 for the different concerned groups such as the Regional Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (RTIPC), Chambers of Commerce and Provincial Producers Association.The actual monitoring of establishments will officially commence on June 19, 2020. END/Norma Rae S. Costimiano

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