By Chito Chavez
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has commended the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) for imposing fines and other sanctions on firms that failed to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Standards (OSHS) law.
In the last five months of 2019, some 22,274 establishments were inspected by DOLE.
In the April 2019 Labor Force Survey (LFS) of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), 94.9 percent are employed out of the 72.5 million Filipino labor workforce.
CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said these numbers represent the backbone of the Philippine economy which helps in the nation’s goal towards development.
Given that everyone has the right to work, de Guia asserted “it is the State’s duty and the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all workers be given just treatment and humane working conditions.’’
She added that regardless of work sector and industry, health and safety should be the utmost priority in every workplace.
“Safe working conditions, especially to hazardous jobs, should always be the standard,’’ the CHR statement said.
“It is a safeguard to lessen risks to injuries or possible lives lost,’’ the CHR statement added.
De Guia maintained that compliance to the law doesn’t only provide a protected work atmosphere but an assurance to both employees and their families.