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In response to the reports of COVID-19 infections in a number of workplaces in the province of Quezon, the Department of Labor and Employment Quezon Provincial Office (DOLE QPO) once again hosted a webinar to tackle issues and concerns related to COVID-19 in the workplace on June 25, 2021 via zoom platform.

Said webinar which focused on the contact tracing methods, was the third edition of DOLE QPO’s webinar series dubbed as “Tagayan: Ugnayang Manggagawa, Mamumuhunan at Pamahalaan Webinar Series.”

Attended by more than 100 participants, the webinar series provided a venue for discourse between employers, employees, the government and other stakeholders on COVID-19 issues and concerns in the workplace.

“The purpose of this webinar series is to make all establishments in Quezon more responsive to the government’s health and safety protocols,” said Mr. Edwin T. Hernandez, the head of DOLE QPO.

For this edition, DOLE QPO invited FO3 Jan Vincent R. Alba, the Chief of Community Relations Unit (CRU) of the Lucena City Fire Station as resource speaker. FO3 Alba, who is also a contact tracer of the Lucena City Task Force on COVID-19, discussed the Basics of Contact Tracing for COVID-19.

According to him, the primary goal of contact tracing is to interrupt the ongoing transmission of the virus and to alert close contacts to the possibility of infection to offer preventive counselling or care as well as understanding the epidemiology of a disease in a particular population.

He pointed out that disclosure of patient identifiers or patient data shall be limited to authorized entities, officers, personnel and concerned individuals only. The said disclosure is allowed if the same will serve a public purpose or function during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“Any violation or infringement of the data privacy rights of the patient shall be dealt with, in accordance with the provisions of the Data Privacy Act of 2012, its IRR and other related issuances,” he said.

Webinar participants represented major industrial and commercial establishments in the province of Quezon, which are greatly affected by the ongoing implementation of General Community Quarantine (GCQ) in Quezon and the enforcement of the much stricter Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in Lucena City.

The participants asked for guidance on physically reporting to work in a safe manner, including the steps to be carried-out when there are confirmed cases. FO3 Alba reiterated to follow the minimum standard health protocols for prevention of transmission and for isolation following infection.

“It is vital that people in your workplaces continue to wear masks, maintain physical distancing, clean their hands frequently and avoid the three crowded, closed and close-contact settings, just like everyone else. We are all aware that people with no symptoms and negative tests may have COVID-19 and can spread it,” he added.

Mr. Hernandez also reminded the participants of the issuance of the DOLE and DTI Joint Memorandum Circular No. 20-04 which provides guidelines for employers to ensure workplace safety and health via increased mental and physical resilience and reduction of physical contact and gatherings of employees, among others.

According to him, there should be stringent environmental disinfection, while emphasizing to workers the importance of self-monitoring and observance of health protocols especially mask wearing and physical distancing.

“Please remind your employees and co-workers that exposure to COVID-19 may happen anytime, as they travel to and from the workplace, and while they are at work,” he mentioned.

“Individually, we need to take control of our protective measures against this virus. If we do so, we are protecting everyone in our workplaces and elsewhere,” Mr. Hernandez added.

In the post-webinar survey, over 90% of the participants reported being very satisfied, particularly with the technical expertise of the resource speaker and that the webinar fully met their expectations. They also recommended that similar webinars be conducted again to educate the workers during this pandemic since they are considered among the most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection.


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