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Construction ITC holds 4th quarter meeting for 2018

(L-R) PAPAMAMARISAN Field Office Director Leonides P. Castillon, Jr. co-presides the meeting with Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos. Photo courtesy of James Oliver Punay, TSSD-LRLS.

MANILA – The Construction Industry Tripartite Council (CITC) holds its 4th Quarter Meeting last Thursday, November 8, at the Department of Labor and Employment – National Capital Region (DOLE-NCR). The meeting was presided by the DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos and co-presided by DOLE-NCR PAPAMAMARISAN Field Office Director Leonides P. Castillon, Jr.

The member-representatives from both management and labor took part in discussing, among others, the proposed amendments in the decades-old Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Standards. 

Since its adoption in 1978, the OSH Standards was last revised in 1989 through joint effort of the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC), International Labor Organization (ILO), and the tripartite sectors. 

The proposed amendments were presented by Engr. Gilbert Marquez of the BWC – the lead office in crafting the amendments. 

Engr. Gilbert Marquez, PME, of the DOLE-Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) presents the IRR and OSH amendment updates. Photo courtesy of James Oliver Punay, TSSD-LRLS.

Marquez emphasized that the new standards will incorporate all other pertinent issuances of the Department. In the proposal, 29 rules have been revised, while 4 new rules have been added. This includes Risk Assessment, Evaluation and Control (HIRAC), OSH for Special Workers (women, young workers, persons with disabilities), OSH for establishments with less than 10 workers (Micro Enterprises), and Scaffolds Safety. 

Marquez also presented updates in the draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Republic Act No. 11058 (otherwise known as “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof”). Said meeting allowed the CITC members to raise concerns, questions or opinions that will be considered in the IRR’s final draft.  

(L-R) PAPAMAMARISAN Field Office Director Leonides P. Castillon, Jr., Atty. Michael R. Santos, MPA, and DOLE-NCR Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Evelyn R. Ramos. Photo courtesy of James Oliver Punay, TSSD-LRLS.

The afternoon session included lecture on Data Privacy Act, led by Atty. Michael R. Santos, Executive Assistant IV to the Office of Deputy Commissioner for Policies and Planning of the National Privacy Commission (NPC). The lecture centered on the importance of data privacy and how the same could be protected from data breaches. Santos also emphasized the cycle of information in light of the prohibited acts punishable under said law, as well as the ways and means of its protection and enforcement. 

Tripartite Industrial Peace Council (TIPC) serves as avenue for social dialogues between management and labor, and as mode of consultation that will aid the Department in shaping the policy concerns. END / James Oliver Punay   

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