In a bid to prevent and control COVID-19 transmission and to boost economic activity, LGU Tarlac City, in coordination with the DOH-IATF Tarlac Province and DOLE Tarlac Field Office conducted a virtual orientation on Workplace Safety and Health Protocols and Productivity among business enterprises on February 16, 2021.
Ms. Aurita L. Laxamana, Chief Labor and Employment Officer of the DOLE Tarlac Field Office discussed the DOLE-DTI Interim Guidelines on Workplace Prevention and Control of COVID-19 and its Supplemental Guidelines under JMC 20-04-A. Ms. Laxamana said that the orientation was conducted to ensure compliance to safety and health protocols and formulate strategies to strengthen control measures against COVID-19. She discussed the best practices of establishments on prevention and control of the virus transmission as an example and inspiration to the participants.
Mr. Jerome Yanson, Board Secretary of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board Central Luzon, discussed the current economic situation and the importance of improving enterprise and worker’s productivity towards economic recovery. Mr. Yanson said it is important for the employees to be safe and healthy especially during this pandemic for them to become productive. He emphasized that safety is productivity.
Dr. Jeanette A. Lazatin of the DOH-IATF Tarlac Province provided updates on COVID-19 cases and safety protocols imposed in the province. Mr. Hensell Quiling, Officer-in-Charge of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, urged the participants to comply with the protocols.
In a video message, Mayor Maria Cristina C. Angeles said opening the economy and ensuring the safety of the people are of equal importance and go hand-in-hand in the recovery of Tarlac City. She told the participants to remain healthy and safe while at the workplace along with their clients, by being mindful of the protocols and actively taking part in securing a safe environment for everyone.