SAMELCO II workers on OSH
NORMA RAE S. COSTIMIANO
August 15, 2019
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No. VIII through
its Samar Field Office conducted a capacity-building activity for
one hundred seventy-nine employees of Samar Electric Cooperative II
(SAMELCO II) last July 25-26, 2019 at SAMELCO II, Paranas, Samar.
Under the Workers’
Organization Development Program (WODP) of the agency, the
participants availed of an 8-hour mandatory training on Safety and
Health. Engr. Aleksei Ceasar D. Abellar, Senior Labor and Employment
Officer and Officer-in-Charge of DOLE-SFO, discussed about the
Introduction to Occupational Safety & Health and Department Order
198 or the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No.
11058 entitled “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational
Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties Thereof”.
Other important topics
such as General Concept on OSH, Basic Safety Rules and Measurements
for Workplace Hazards, Hazard Identification, Risk Assessment and
Control and Defensive Driving were presented by Mr. Dominador B.
Balagon, Jr., OSH Practitioner.
participative during the training and shared their real experiences
on electrical works-related accidents. Ms. Olivia D. Cabaliza,
Finance Manager and Officer-in-Charge of SAMELCO II, expressed her
gratitude to DOLE for initiating and funding the activity.
“In behalf of SAMELCO II,
I would like to thank DOLE for this training. I am so glad to share
to you that we are the first to have undergone this kind of training
among the power distribution cooperatives in Region VIII”, said Ms.
Ms. Cabaliza likewise
committed that SAMELCO II will comply with all the safety rules and
regulations. She said “We will do our best to implement and adhere
to all the mandated safety and health standards”.
On the second day, Ms.
Maria Chulla B. Corpuz, Labor and Employment Officer I of DOLE-SFO,
gave the SAMELCO II workers an orientation on Strengthening the
Family Welfare Program in the Workplace. Participants were pleased
to note that they can benefit from the said program.
Ms. Marilou C. Agbon,
Human Resource Officer, happily informed that the Multi-Purpose
Clinic of SAMELCO II is already being constructed and is intended to
cater to the emergency medical needs of its workers and other
concerns of women. She likewise mentioned that they plan to
negotiate with the management for incentives to be awarded to
workers who will practice family planning.
(with reports from Engr. Aleksei D. Abellar)