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A Safer Workforce for Prosperous Markets


BAROTAC NUEVO, ILOILO – The Occupational Safety and Health Center – Regional Extension Unit VI (OSHC-REU VI), in collaboration with the local government unit (LGU) of Barotac Nuevo, conducted two batches of free face-to-face Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training for Safety Officer 1 dedicated to the market vendors dated August 30 and 31 2023.


The two batches of training schedules with a total of 68 representatives composed of owners, managers, and staff were organized so that establishments will prioritize occupational safety and health (OSH) which will lead to fewer workplace accidents and incidents. This results in reduced healthcare costs, insurance premiums, and compensation claims. Moreover, a safer and healthier workforce will lead to fewer disruptions due to injuries or accidents, thereby increasing operational efficiency, the competitiveness of the establishments, and the overall advancement of the entire marketplace.


OSHC-REU VI OIC Mr. Melveen M. Melocoton, explained that OSH is portrayed as the foundation upon which prosperous markets are built. He elaborated that safe, healthy, and satisfied workers are more productive, creative, and committed to their jobs. When employees feel protected and valued, they can perform at their best, driving efficiency, innovation, and overall business success, he added.


Attendees of the training schedules expressed their gratitude for they were now knowledgeable of the duties and responsibilities of employers and employees, and the rights of workers per the provisions of Republic Act No. 11058, otherwise known as the “An Act Strengthening the Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof.” They realized that prioritizing OSH is not a short-term endeavor but a long-term investment in the health and longevity of a market. A safer and healthier workforce ensures a more productive labor force, which is essential for sustained economic growth and prosperity.


The collaboration of the OSHC-REU VI and the LGU of Barotac Nuevo in capacitating new safety officers in the various establishments of the locality encapsulates the fundamental idea that ensuring the safety and well-being of workers is not just an ethical responsibility but also a critical factor in maintaining and enhancing economic prosperity within a given society or market. This effective collaboration highlighted the intricate and interconnected relationship between workplace safety and overall market stability, prosperity, and growth.


For collaborations with the OSHC REU VI regarding the conduct of safety officer training schedules and other OSH-related technical assistance, government and non-government organizations can contact the office via telephone at (033) 327 4065, mobile at (0917) 889 3653, and/or email at reu6@oshc.dole.gov.ph.

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