RCMBXI successfully conducted a triple-topic webinar in convergence with the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office XI (DOLE-ROXI), Employees Compensation Commission Regional Extension Unit XI (ECC-REUXI) and Occupational Safety and Hazard Center Regional Extension Unit XI (OSHC-REUXI) last November 16, 2021 via Zoom.

Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes, on her welcoming message, signified her appreciation to the participants for their interest in exploring this opportunity to understand better the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to our lives, to be informed of the health and safety requirements for companies by the OSHC and the potential assistance individuals could get from ECC.

This webinar was attended by more than 200 individuals from 81 companies, both organized and unorganized companies.

The first topic regarding updates on occupational safety and health was presented by Ms. Analyn A. Escaro, R.N., Training and Technical Support Officer of OSHC-REUXI. Escaro explained that it is the duty of employers to provide a safe and healthy workplace. She further emphasized that companies must comply to the quantity and level of safety officers and health amenities required of them, which is determined by the number of workers and the risk classification of the industry.

Mr. Marlito Ayala, Senior Labor Employment Officer of DOLE XI, discussed the second topic regarding the Fourth Industrial Revolution (FIRE). Ayala defined FIRE as the new wave of technological advancements that we are currently experiencing leading to a disruption in the global labor market due to artificial intelligence and machines replacing labor-intensive work. “To generate more profit, companies are always looking to upscale and embrace newer and cheaper technologies. If employees could not keep up with this upscaling, their job security can easily be questioned. Hence, Students, applicants and even tenured employees must seek to level-up their skills and embrace new technologies.” Ayala concluded.

“Next year, our extension unit in the region will be giving free trainings on Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH), Construction Occupational Safety and Health (COSH) and Safety Officer Level 1 (SO1). Hope you could take this opportunity with us.” Escaro stated.

The third topic of the seminar, which covered ECC benefits and Claims, was presented by Mr. Albert A. Bantan, J.D., Information Officer II of ECC-REUXI. He elaborated ECCs Employees Compensation Program (ECP) and their newly developed initiatives to address loss of employment due to COVID exposure.

“As long as your employees can prove that their contraction of COVID is work-related, the ECC can provide them cash assistance of at least 10,000 pesos, medical expenses reimbursement, and sickness benefits. Recently, we have just awarded 135 Covid-19 survivors in Davao City of their claims.” stated Bantan.

“Self-employed individuals and private-company employed workers may file their claims to SSS while government employees may file to GSIS.” Bantan added. Gary B. Bonghanoy