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DOLE QUEZON HOLDS WEBINAR SERIES TO ADDRESS WORKPLACE ISSUES

As part of its effort to apprise the general public on the latest issuances of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and to provide an avenue for participants to tackle issues and concerns in the workplace, DOLE Quezon Provincial Office (DOLE QPO) hosted a webinar via Zoom platform on April 19, 2021.

 The online initiative dubbed as “Tagayan: Ugnayang Manggagawa, Mamumuhunan at Pamahalaan Webinar Series” aims to make private establishments in Quezon more responsive to the government’s health and safety protocols. 

“This is our way of connecting to the community, employers, employees and to our stakeholders to hear their immediate needs especially during this public health crisis due to COVID-19,” said Mr. Edwin Hernandez, the head of DOLE QPO. 

In a move to level up compliance of private establishments in Quezon, the second edition of the said webinar series focused on Department Order No. 224-21 or the Guidelines on Ventilation for Workplaces and Public Transport to Prevent and Control the Spread of COVID-19 and Labor Advisory No. 03-21 or the Guidelines on the Administration of COVID-19 Vaccines in the Workplace. 

Engr. Donna Melany Abanilla, one of the resident engineers and labor inspectors of DOLE QPO, discussed the salient provisions of D. O. 224-21. According to her, this new set of guidelines include the installation and utilization of exhaust fans in indoor workplaces, restrooms, and water closets; ventilation in air, rail, land, and sea transport, and other measures to improve the quality of air in the workplace and public transportation.

She also pointed out that most of the provisions of D.O. No. 224-21 are also indicated in the National Building Code of the Philippines and are only reiterated in the Department Order. 

As per guidelines, employers which violate the guidelines will be given time to comply. However, once “willful” violation from the company is proven, said company can be fined with P40,000 per day for non-compliance with Safety and Health programs.

Meanwhile, Mr. Edwin Hernandez discussed Labor Advisory No. 03-21. He highlighted that employers in the private sector are not allowed to charge their employees for their vaccination programs.

“This labor advisory also prohibits discrimination or termination against employees who refused to get vaccinated. Companies are not allowed to deny tenure, promotion, training, pay and other benefits to these workers. No vaccine, no work policy shall not be allowed,” Mr. Hernandez emphasized. 

This webinar series engaged different stakeholders from the employees, employers, government agencies and DOLE QPO personnel. 

“We encourage everyone to take part in these webinars which provide a free avenue for your concerns on specific DOLE policies and guidelines”, Mr. Hernandez said in closing. 

By:

FRANZ RAYMOND J. AQUINO
Sr. Labor and Employment Officer
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