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DOLE LAGUNA TAKES THE FRONTLINE AGAINST COVID-19 AT THE WORKPLACE

“We are at the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 being the first line of defense for prevention and control with the medical community taking the last stand,” DOLE Laguna Provincial Director Guido R. Recio reiterated the challenge of the Department of Health to government offices during the Toyota Suppliers Club (TSC) HR Society Webinar featuring DTI and DOLE Supplemental Guidelines held on 23 September 2020.

Since the lifting of enhanced community quarantine, DOLE Laguna has been adapting to the circumstances brought about by the new normal. There has been an extensive advocacy on the promotion of workplace guidelines for prevention and control of COVID-19 held on cyber platforms. Labor inspectors are also actively monitoring companies for compliance with health and safety protocols.

This Office, in coordination with industrial zone locators and HR associations, has conducted a series of continuing labor educations online. Among these groups include Laguna Technopark Association, Inc., Light Industry and Science Park I and II HR Practitioners and Administrators, and Carmelray Industrial Park I. The events are also open to representatives from companies in the province.

As early as July, there were lectures on the DTI and DOLE Interim Guidelines on Workplace COVID Prevention and Control. Another round came about in September for discussions on the supplemental guidelines clarifying the provisions previously released. Other topics were also introduced in these online gatherings such as Labor Management Cooperation, Labor Relations, Single Entry Approach Conciliation and Mediation, Occupational Safety and Health Inspection, and Employment Compensation Benefits.

The webinars are held online via Zoom and Google Meet with Dir. Recio as the resource speaker joined by Dir. Jay Jasper Javines of the Regional Conciliation and Mediation Board IV-A. At the end of every discussion, there is an open forum giving participants the chance to raise issues and concerns one after the other. Common questions include matters on isolation facility, shuttle service, COVID testing fees, fit to work clearance, and the like.

Recently, there was also a collaboration between DOLE Laguna and the Employees Compensation Commission Region IV-A with Dir. Recio as the guest speaker. There were almost 200 participating companies with HR representatives actively relaying their sentiments on SENA, OSHI and EC benefits in a discourse with the speakers. ECC Officer, Ms. Ruby Ann Fajardo, made the activity livelier by drawing raffle entries with tokens up for grabs which delighted participants.

With new guidelines in place, this Office is continuously exerting efforts to promote compliance with workplace guidelines in more and more establishments. Request for lectures are also being accommodated by the Office as part of its labor education and employment services particularly continuing labor education seminars not to mention other equally interesting subjects like labor relations, human relations and productivity. Urgent queries are likewise being entertained via phone calls and emails other than those coming from walk-in visitors.

DOLE Laguna, at the forefront of providing government services, has beenlooking afterits many labor and employment stakeholders to withstand the threats of COVID-19.

By:


Rudyboy R. Sinay
DOLE LPO Labor Information Officer

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