City of Balanga - The DOLE Bataan Provincial Field Office in partnership with Local Government of Limay represented by its Municipal Mayor, Hon. Lilvir B. Roque, along with the Vice Mayor Remigio S. Tayag Jr. and members of Sangguniang Bayan (SB) jointly initiated the conduct of 1st Contractors’ Summit held last September 21, 2010 at Limay Multi-purpose Hall which was attended by huge number of contractors within the Municipality of Limay, Bataan.
Mayor Roque in his message expressed his appreciation to all attendees for coming in to the said event which according to him was very timely. Even the mayor himself, acknowledged the importance of the said affair for the reason that they wanted to be oriented about issues pertaining to the minimum wage, health and safety standard and other related laws and regulations as far as employment in the construction industry is concerned. Usefulness of this information, he added, can be utilized in synchronizing all resolutions to be promulgated by the Sanggunian for that assurance of healthy working environment in all construction sites within the Municipality.
The DOLE Bataan Field Office, headed by Ms. Nely P. Punzalan, presented an overview to Guidelines Governing Occupational Safety and Health in the Construction Industry (Department Order No 13), Guidelines on the Registration of Contractors and Subcontractors (Department Order No. 18-02), Labor Standards, Requirements in Workers Hiring for the Infrastructure Project (Republic Act No. 6685) and Other Related Labor Laws and Issuances applicable to Construction Industry.
As part of the program agenda, Vice Mayor Tayag briefly discussed the contention of Municipal Resolution No. 13 to the body, that is, topics on Requiring Private Contractors and Subcontractors to hire at least seventy percent (70%) of unskilled and at least thirty percent (30%) of skilled labor to be taken from available bona fide residents of the Municipality in which projects are to be undertaken. He further emphasized the plans and activities to be undertaken by the LGU to avoid incidence like what happened in Daelim Phils, Inc., Petron Bataan Refinary and in ALMSTOM Phils., Inc. before which were resulted to fatalities due to health and safety reasons.
During open forum, three (3) important topics were discussed, namely, peace and order, health and employment concerns. On peace and order concern, requiring necessary employment documentary requirements (Barangay, Police and NBI clearances) in hiring transient workers was to be implemented. While on health concern, they agreed in one opinion of requiring all construction project owners to provide competent emergency health personnel/medical practitioner within the worksite duly complemented by adequate medical supplies, equipment and facilities, based on the total number of workers in the site. They also agreed that all employees should undergo necessary basic medical/physical examination which include determination of the blood type/pressure, blood glucose, chest x-ray, urinalysis and, when appropriate, drug testing. Contractors may also provide Health Insurance for their workers aside from Philhealth, Pag-ibig and Social Security System (SSS).
On the other hand, on employment concerns, some of the possible solutions eyed by the group to have a healthy environment, are the creation of the following such as but not limited to: profile of all contractors, database of all available manpower resources, Task Force that will monitor employment of all contractor, Grievance committee to report on monthly basis on SSS and Philhealth issues. For validation and monitoring, monthly employment report shall be submitted by all contractors and sub-contractors to the PESO and DOLE. Required forms are available at the DOLE Provincial Field Office and to be distributed to all PESOs in
Bataan. Conduct of pre-employment orientation/seminar for all hired workers on different laws and regulations shall also observe in the workplace.
The DOLE staff also distributed different posters on Safety and Health to all participants as part of its advocaoncy. (Carlito Agbing)