Capiz, Philippines. 150 establishment owners and their representatives attended the orientation on Republic Act No. 11058 entitled “An Act Strengthening Compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards and Providing Penalties for Violations Thereof” and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) issued by Secretary Silvestre H. Belo III through Department Order No. 198 series of 2018 which became effective on January 25, 2019.

The aforesaid activity was conducted in partnership with the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) thru its regional coordinator Mr. Stephene Barredo who provided the updates of the programs and services by the said office. The whole day activity was conducted in two batches last March 6-7, 2019 held at the Sanggunian Panglungsod Session Hall, City Hall, Roxas City.

The salient points of the law and the IRR was discussed by Engr. Michael Gison, Labor Standards Focal Person of DOLE 6. DOLE Capiz also took the opportunity to present the programs and services of the Department for information dissemination and to encourage the participants to avail them.

Mr. John Leo Marco Beldia, the President of Capiz PESO Association was also given the opportunity to discuss the PESO functions and various employment programs and services it implements. On the other hand, Barredo elaborated the programs and services offered by ECC and the benefits the workers can avail from the commission based on previous decisions and jurisprudence.

During the presentation, the participants were attentive and actively reacted to the lecturer, manifesting their interest in the topic. They were likewise thankful for the opportunity to be invited to the orientation and be clarified about the recent laws and updates on DOLE programs. The participants also committed to re-echo the information to their offices and co-workers to promote compliance.