DOLE, DTI conduct joint monitoring of establishments in Region 1
SAN FERNANDO CITY, June 16 (PIA) — The regional offices of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in the Ilocos Region partner to monitor establishments as businesses are slowly getting back.
On June 10, joint inspection teams from the the two departments rolled out the monitoring activity in a mall in this city. They were led by DTI-1 Regional Director Grace Falgui-Baluyan, DTI La Union Provincial Director Merlie Membrere, and DOLE-1 Assistant Regional Director Honorina Baga.
Nathaniel V. Lacambra, DOLE-1 regional director, said the activity is pursuant to the DOLE-DTI Interim Guidelines signed by Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III and Trade Secretary Ramon M. Lopez on April 30, 2020.
Specifically, Lacambra said the monitoring aims to ensure that minimum health protocols are strictly implemented and achieved as certain business establishments are now allowed to operate amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
He stressed that the guidelines cover all workplaces, employers and workers in the private sector.
“We want to emphasize that the prevention and control of COVID-19 is a shared responsibility of employers and workers,” Lacambra said.
For the part of the DTI, Baluyan emphasized that mall goers and consumers must follow the protocols implemented by the establishments for their own safety and protection.
“While more businesses are allowed to operate, the public is advised to remain cautious to avoid the spread of the virus,” the regional director said.
The results of the joint monitoring activity conducted showed some establishments’ compliance, inadequate compliance, and non-compliance to prescribed safety and health protocols.
In general, compliance included wearing of face masks, checking of body temperature, spraying of alcohol or using of hand sanitizers, and using of footbath for workers and customers at mall entrance, among others.
For the inadequate compliance and non-compliances, the inspection teams provided the monitored establishments with specific strategies and recommendations.
The employers were also guided on the DOLE-DTI Interim Guidelines in their anti-COVID measures.
Meanwhile, the Regional Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and Regional Task Force-1 COVID-19 issued on June 1 a joint resolution adopting the said guidelines and other issuances relative to business allowed to operate in selected areas. (JCR/JND, PIA La Union)