27 October 2014
DOLE-OSHC awards 9th Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan winners
“I am awed by your achievement, and these awards are a fitting recognition of what you have done in occupational safety and health that made you stand out from the rest in your field,” said Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz during the awarding of the winners of the 9th Gawad Kaligtasan at Kalusugan (GKK) today at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC), Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Divided into three ranks, the winners are Team Sual Corporation, Sunpower Philippines Module Manufacturing and Engr. Joey Ortega for the highest award – the GKK Champions; Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation – Tabangao Refinery, Toshiba Information Equipment (Philippines), Inc., SN Aboitiz Power – Magat Inc., CP Kelco Philippines Inc., SN Aboitiz Power - Ambuklao Hydroelectric Power Plant, Petron Corporation – Legazpi Depot, and Engr. Elizabeth Beronio for the GKK-Finalist Silver Award and Shell, Philippines Exploration B.V. – Malampaya Onshore Gas Plant, Western Mindanao Power Corporation, Unilever Philippines, Inc. (Manila Site), Petron Rosario Terminal, SN Aboitiz Power Benguet, Inc. - Binga Hydroelectric Power Plant, Rohm Electronics Philippines, Inc., Engr. Emmanuel Maniquis, Jr., Engr. Eusebio Timario, Jr., and Engr. Teodoro Cahoy for the GKK Finalists – Bronze Award.
“The DOLE celebrates the advances in OSH that it achieves every time the GKK is held. By winning the GKK you have made a huge investment in the welfare and protection of Filipino workers, and have set yourselves as examples of excellence in OSH,” Baldoz added.
“This year’s winners are really the best of the best. After a rigorous selection process from 241 entries, we have come up with 15 winners in the institutional category and five in the individual category,” OSHC Executive Director Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco, MD CESO III, said.
The GKK is a biennial award given by the DOLE to companies and individuals with outstanding occupational safety and health practices, programs, innovations and contributions. It is one of the five good housekeeping seals under the DOLE Incentivizing Compliance Program (ICP) which aims to encourage companies to voluntarily comply with general labor laws and occupational safety and health standards.
Early this year, nominees from all regions submitted documents including the DOLE-issued Certificate of Compliance (COC) for a chance to join the GKK. After the initial screening, a shortlist of 60 companies and 25 individuals were subjected to on-site validation. A team of experts from OSHC, concerned DOLE Regional Offices, Bureau of Working Conditions and representatives from employers’ and workers’ groups visited company premises to validate the safety and health programs and contributions mentioned in the submitted documents. This further narrowed the number of entries who proceeded to the last phase – the final judging and deliberation.
During the final judging and deliberation, a Board of Judges composed of representatives from the Alliance of Filipino Workers (AFW), Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP), Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Safety Organization of the Philippines, Inc. (SOPI), Philippine College of Occupational Medicine (PCOM), Occupational Health Nurses Association of the Philippines (OHNAP), and DOLE offices: Employees Compensation Commission (ECC), National Wages and Productivity Commission (NWPC) and Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) rated the contenders based on a 10 minute presentation of their best OSH best practices.
“The winners have raised the bar of OSH programs and practices higher and have gone from compliance to innovation. I believe that this will encourage others to follow-suit. I hope that you will be able to share your best practices to other establishments, said Executive Director Cucueco.
Any question on this release? Please contact Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco, MD, CESO III, executive director, Occupational Safety and Health Center, North Avenue corner Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City with telephone numbers 929-6036 to 39 and e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org