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DOLE and OBO together in safety and health watch

 

Cebu City, Philippines.  The Office of the Building Official has now backed the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) in intensifying the implementation of safety and health standards particularly in the construction industry. 

DOLE-7 OIC-Regional Director Cyril L. Ticao announced this yesterday after receiving the complete report from the Tri-City Field Office (TCFO) that spearheaded the meeting with OBO-Cebu City in the hopes of curbing the number of accidents in the industry and eventually making Cebu City accident-free. 

Ticao noted of the OBO’s expressed cooperation and support to the DOLE, which according to him, would help advance the Department’s campaign on ensuring the workers’ safety and health in the workplace. 

In a recent meeting with OBO-Cebu City, certain agreements were reached to include the following, namely: (1) No building permit for construction projects which don’t have any DOLE approved Construction Safety and Health Program (CSHP); (2) Cancellation of building permit for construction projects issued with a Work Stoppage Order (WSO) by DOLE; and (3) Construction of bunkhouses based on the approved safety program. 

Director Ticao said that non-issuance of building permits to construction projects without the DOLE approved CSHP would cover residential, commercial, and high-rise building projects. 

Insofar as the cancellation of building permits to construction projects issued with WSO is concerned, the DOLE-7 Head added that the OBO would really require the full lifting of the stoppage order before they could issue again building permits. 

“We are so happy and thankful to OBO-Cebu City for supporting us. We have high hopes that these would help us monitor compliance on safety. After all, we just want everyone in the construction industry abide by the standards in safety and health because we firmly believe that workers’ safety and protection must come first, above all,” he noted. 

According to Dr. Efren O. Vito, DOLE-TCFO, OIC-Chief, talks are also on-going with the Offices of Building Official in Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City. 

As of date, the DOLE-7 issued five (5) work stoppage orders with collapse of structure and fall from height as common causes. 

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza 

For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com


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2018-03-20
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