Van Vanne Elaine Terrazola
The elaboration of the Republic Act No. 11058, which reinforces employers' compliance with occupational safety and health standards (OSHS), is a "resounding victory" for all employees, said Senator Joel Villanueva.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources Development said this Monday when he welcomed the signing by President Duterte of RA 11058, which amends the 41-year-old labor laws of the Philippines, which does not declare illegal or imposes a fine for violations. from the OSHS.
"The signing of the OSHS law in law is a resounding success for all our employees," said Villanueva, sponsor of the Senate version of the measure.
"After four conferences, the transition from this measure to the law is indeed an important milestone: I was a member of the House of Representatives when the OSHS Act was first introduced in 2004. I am personally grateful to the President for supporting this case to provide our employees with a safe and healthy workplace, "he added.
Villanueva said that the new law will prevent workplace injuries or deaths, work-related disorders, and "will ensure that health and safety in the workplace is everyone's responsibility."
He said he expects the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to report higher OSH compliance, compared with the 67 percent compliance rate in 2017. He recalled the incidence of 72 workplace accidents last year, with 95 employees fatal injury members. and non-fatal injuries up to 117.
"One death or one injury due to an accident at work is far too much, and this should stop," Villanueva said.