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DOLE releases guidelines for certification as first aid provider

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

As Filipinos confront the challenges posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, specific precautions have been implemented to safeguard the sustainability of OSH activities. Occupational Health (OH) staff are pioneers in implementing these programs not just in the workplace, but also for people who telecommute or work from home.

Ensuring compliance with occupational safety and health (OSH) rules has been the goal of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in sustaining workers' physical, emotional, and social well-being. Pursuant to Section 25 of Republic Act No. 11508 and the DOLE Department Order No. 198-18, thru the collaborative efforts spearheaded by the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), the Manual of Procedures (MOP) for the Rules on the Certification of First Aiders and the Accreditation of First Aid Training Providers (FATPro) was created.

The MOP for FATPro hopes to establish a working environment in which safety training is made mandatory, develop first aid skills for first aiders in order to prevent injuries and fatalities in the workplace, and a clear outline of requirements and procedures for accreditations. FATPro accredited by the DOLE should adhere to and comply with the minimum public health standards and other health protocols set by their respective local government units (LGUs). Vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (CoViD-19) is highly encouraged for both trainers and participants. FATPro may require the presentation of vaccination cards prior to the attendance of the participants in face-to-face training.

Any qualified person, partnership, corporation, or entity that wishes to secure accreditation as a FATPro shall accomplish and file the application documents prescribed for such purpose. All communications related to the application for accreditation as FATPro must be addressed to the Office of the Executive Director of the OSHC. The new application and/or renewal accreditation documents may be physically sent to the OSHC or forwarded electronically to

According to the MOP, First aid training may be done virtually. Virtual training, either synchronous or asynchronous, is allowed but only for didactics or the theoretical portion of the course. Assessment of the knowledge and skills or return demonstration of the participants must be done in a face-to-face manner.

All first aid training courses may be done on either consecutive days or a nonconsecutive

basis. However, training courses done in a nonconsecutive manner must be completed within

one (1) month only. In all instances, compliance with the training requirements set in this Manual of Procedures (MOP) is mandatory.

Manual of Procedures for DOLE-Recognized First Aid Training Providers in the Philippines
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