A YEAR of service to workers has proven that having an Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) branch in Cagayan de Oro has indeed strengthened the culture of safety and health in Mindanao. It is a center that is needed by the booming industries and the continuing business development of this soon highly urbanized city in the region.

The OSHC in Cagayan de Oro was established on October 29, 2009 to bring occupational safety and health (OSH) services closer to workers and establishments in Mindanao and in response to the clamor of the Occupational Safety and Health Network (OSHNET 10) for a more permanent presence in the region.

Along with the anniversary celebration, OSHC highlighted their working relationship with stakeholders. The OSHC-CDO branch has hosted meetings with the Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc., Association of Safety Practitioners in the Philippines, Inc., Department of Labor and Employment Regional Offices, Regional OSHNETs, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Offices and other organizations for Planning and implementing OSH programs and activities.

To date, OSHC-CDO Branch has facilitated the conduct of 15 types of training with 24 batches and 1,007 participants, benefiting 622 companies. The branch has also conducted inspections, work environment measurements and other technical services for establishments in Mindanao.

Present during the Pulong-Pulong sa OSHC-CDO Anniversary Celebration were heads and practitioners of occupational safety both in public and private workplaces. They were Engr. Ricardo L. Roferos-President, OSH Net X111; Dir. Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco-Executive Director-Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC); Dr. Gilbert B. Gille-President-Phil. College of Occupational Medicine (PCOM); Engr. Teodoro V. Cahoy-President OSHNet 10 and Dr. Mario B. Sumalinog-President-Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI).

Program implementations and relevant issues on health, well protected working population in a caring and responsive work, sound policies and laws, research, training, information exchange, technical expertise and extensive networking were among the things discussed during the event.

Presence of the OSH Networks is so vital for they serve as the conduit between and among organizations, societies, professional groups and the government for information dissemination, advocacy and technical services especially in implementing the Zero Accident Program (ZAP) of OSHC.

The 3rd Mindanao OSH Summit will be held on November 25-26, 2010.

PHOTO: OSHC executive director Dr. Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco explains the role of occupational safety and health center during the OSHC-CDO 1st Anniversary celebration. From left, Engr. Ricardo L. Roferos, president of OSHnet X111; Dr. Gilbert B. Gille, President-Phil. College of Occupational Medicine (PCOM); Engr. Teodoro V. Cahoy, President of OSHnet 10, and Dr. Mario B. Sumalinog, President of Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI). OSHnet provides training and informative ways to ensure the safety of workers in the workplace. BWM photo by Rolando Sudaria

article by Joe Palabao of Business Week Mindanao


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