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For workers who cannot afford to choose between work and health, it is incumbent upon the government to ensure that they need not make a compromise at all. It is for this reason that employers formulated their respective policies on COVID-19 prevention and control at the workplace. A Joint Monitoring of Compliance with the JMC-20-04A is being conducted to ensure observance of provisions in the guidelines. There is also a monthly monitoring form being submitted regularly to report traffic and infection incidence.

While all these have been put in place, there are still apprehensions over the ability of companies to sustain operations without exposing workers to the dreaded viral infection. There is a need for a stamp of approval from the government that would somehow guarantee compliance. This way, the state can also provide for the gradual opening of the local economy.

In April 2021, the Joint Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease introduced the Safety Seal Certification. The program was defined in the Joint Memorandum Circular as:

"A certification scheme affirming that an establishment or public transportation unit has been inspected by the government and was found compliant with minimum public health standards, is using or its contact tracing is integrated with and the establishment or public transportation unit possesses the requisite business permits or franchise."
The Department of Labor and Employment was among the several agencies tasked to implement the program. It will cover manufacturing, construction sites, utilities (electric, water, gas, air-conditioning supply, sewerage, waste management), information and communication companies (private publication, news, movie production, TV and radio companies), and warehouses.

With more than five industrial zones in the province, it appears that DOLE Laguna ProvincialOfficehasalotonitsplateinensuringthathealthandsafetyandprotocolsarebeingimplementedinevery establishment. So far, there were already 47 issued certifications upon validation by labor inspectors.

On 24 September 2021, Gruppo EMS received its safety seal certification from no less than Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman along with Provincial Director Guido R. Recio. It was another feather on the cap for the company after winning the Kapatiran sa Industriya Awards initiated by the Employers Confederation of the Philipines for companies that exemplify good business practices in the areas of industrial relations, quality, productivity, and innovation, responsible and ethical business conduct, and business resiliency and continuity. The Gruppo EMS team accepted the award led by Chairman and CEO, Mr. Perry Ferrer with Labor Relations Manager Emerjohn Yting.

Earlier that week, one of the biggest companies in the province also got the safety seal certification. At least 8,000 workers could get a sigh of relief for the assurance that Yazaki Torres Manufacturing, Inc. complies with the minimum public health standards. The same thing goes for the workers of AMKOR Technology Philippines.

PD Recio of DOLE Laguna has also been promoting the safety seal certification in several industrial zones from Laguna Technopark in Binan to Light Industry and Science Parks in Cabuyao and Calamba.

Hopefully, this could give workers a sense of safety when they go to work every day knowing that the company is compliant with the minimum requirements provided in the guidelines.


Rudyboy R. Sinay
Labor Information Officer
DOLE Laguna Provincial Office

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