About 4,062 business establishments in the National Capital Region (NCR) have complied with the Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19.
That was out of the 5,049 companies monitored by the regional office of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in NCR from June 8 to July 1, 2020, which reported an overall 80% compliance rate.
“When we say compliant, that means the employer has an established health and safety practices in their workplaces amid COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with the Interim Guidelines,” said DOLE-NCR Regional Director Sarah Buena S. Mirasol.
It includes, she added, wearing of face masks; maintaining physical distance of one meter at all times; checking and recording daily the temperature of their workers and visitors using health symptoms questionnaire; and ensuring sanitation and disinfection process inside their work areas and outside their office premises, among others.
The top five monitored industries in NCR included Accommodation and Food Services with a total of 18,641 workers from 1,581 establishments; Other Service Activities with 30,959 workers from 1,098 establishments; Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles with 12,252 workers from 1,600 establishments; Manufacturing with 17,308 workers from 172 establishments; and Administrative and Support Services with 53,093 workers from 124 establishments.
The area with the highest number of monitored establishments in NCR were in MUNTAPARLAS (Muntinlupa, Taguig, Parañaque, Las Piñas) cluster with 1,415; followed by PAPAMAMARISAN (Pasig, Pateros, Mandaluyong, Marikina, San Juan) with 1,243; CAMANAVA (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela) with 946; MAKATI-PASAY with 548; QUEZON CITY with 508; and MANILA with 389.
Monitored workplaces in the PAPAMAMARISAN area holds the largest number of covered workers with 68,835 followed by MUNTAPARLAS with 37,378 workers; MAKATI-PASAY with 19,876; CAMANAVA with 19,699; QUEZON CITY with 18,894; and MANILA with 5,048.
Section 9 of the Interim Guidelines also directs the DTI and DOLE to extend assistance and technical support to all workplaces, employers, and workers in complying with the Guidelines.
Employers were reminded to ensure of the following observations that were noted during the June 8 to July 1, 2020 monitoring period, which includes among others, a monthly report using the DOLE-Work Accident Illness Report (WAIR) COVID Form submitted to DOLE Regional Office; company commitment to comply with OSH requirements and updated OSH Program to include COVID Control Plan / Program; signages on COVID Safety Measures posted in the premises (outside / entrance and inside office); contact numbers of nearest Department of Health (DOH) Facility / Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) posted at conspicuous places; and transparent barriers between office tables and open work spaces provided (if applicable).
“The ongoing pandemic had posed major challenges and adjustments on business establishments so our approach would be to continue providing employers with technical assistance,” said Director Mirasol, adding:
“That said, we also advise and expect they would take cognizance of the findings in support to formulation or enhancement of their Company Safety and Health policies to prevent and control the spread of the virus in their workplaces.”
END / Hershey Aquino (with report from TSSD-LRLS)